|Flourish Decay Life/Death|
I have loved drawing since I can remember. At school, I sold drawings to other kids for 50 cents each so I could buy lollies… maybe that was when I realized I could follow my passion and earn a living from it.
Inspired by a very creative three headed character drawing from an 11yr old refugee child I created the three headed goddess piece. I donated it to the ‘What Do You Dream’ Exhibition & Auction to raise funds for refugee kids on the Thai/Burma border who are supported by the charity Spinning Top. She is the Goddess of Dreams, sharing good dreams with all the children and absorbing nightmares, removing them from existence.
Her tattoos are representations of the different dreams and wishes that the refugee children drew pictures of. They tell the story of imagination, the basic, fundamental needs of a child and are a subtle reminder of the disturbing experiences they may have encountered and what we need to protect our future generations from.
It all starts with a feeling, something I need to get out. I would say I’m generally a happy person and I think this is due to being able to express certain feelings through art. Sketching, doodling & experimenting is a very important part of the process, surprising things happen & the further I get into an artwork the more layers of meaning I discover.
Some say…wild imagination with a feminine touch…
Life and death inspire me. The beauty in nature, rebellion over convention, controversial social themes, flowing lines, shiny, slimy things and the female form inspire me, to name a few! Wherever I go I can’t help visualizing new artworks that I haven’t created yet on any blank space I see, it’s like I’m following signs or chasing something…
I am a closet musician.
Nights In White Satin by The Moody Blues, Neil Young, Lightning Hopkins…blues is always on my ipod.
Music, my mother is a drummer & guitarist and my father was a bass player, the rhythm is in my blood.
BBM: What are some words of wisdom you would give a youth wanting to be an artist?
Be true to your individuality and no one will be able to do what you do but you.
You can get it all at ginakiel.com
A solo exhibition is on my to do list! I’m building up a bit of a series behind the scenes which I’ll either release as I go or exhibit as a show.
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