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Gillian Keller

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Goddess of Uninhibited Ideals, 2015
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Goddess of Glorious Mistakes - or - Everything is Blooming Most Recklessly, 2016 Mixed Media Collage 36x36" © Enlightenment Barbie Gillian Keller
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Guru of Radiant Disbelief, 2016 Mixed Media Collage 36x36" © enlightenment barbie gillian keller
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
CA
Birth year
1987
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
University of Idaho, 2010, BFA
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2018
stARTup Art Fair
The Kinney Venice Beach
Statement

* ENLIGHTENMENT BARBIE - A NEW MYTHOLOGY FOR THE ICONIC MODERN WOMAN * 

The goddesses and gurus I depict are members of my own heavenly host of religious icons.  Flanked by flowers, glitter, and gold, generous praise is invited for these mysterious women.  My subjects start as models and muses.  Then, through my photography, they become frozen in a chance glance—a raw moment of ecstasy.  They transform into an expression of divinity that is at once both intensely personal and universal—into an object worthy of devotion.

“Enlightenment Barbie,” a name for myself and my work, is a nod to the “myth” that beauty and brains cannot coexist—and yet, the description of the quintessential Goddess—powerful, all-knowing, and strikingly beautiful in appearance and intelligence.  Combining things that influenced my own unusual spiritual journey, I fling tradition to the floor in favor of creating a new religion.  Medieval Christian iconography, Eastern religious shrines, and 60’s Guru culture collide with the modern woman in these color-drenched images.  

Starting with my photographs of women, I create digital mockups of each piece and order an archival print of my model.  I source vintage illustrations and comb through my own photographs to find the perfect visual material.   After laying out and piecing together complex layers of paper, gold foil, and rhinestones, I finish the sides of my panels with brass tacks.  A layer of UV resistant resin gives it that luscious shine.