Gale Whitney Artist Statement
Winston Churchill said “Man will occasionally
stumble over the truth, but most times he
will pick himself up and carry on”. I love this
quote because it rings true and makes me
laugh at the same time. What it expresses is
what inspires me in my Social Series
artwork. In this work, I blend current events
and stories together with fairy tales, nursery
rhymes, mythology, Americana and popular
culture. Drawing parallels between all of
these, I retell the stories in new ways.
Vincent Van Gogh said “I know nothing with
any certainty, but the sight of the stars
makes me dream”. My Nature Series is
inspired by thoughts such as these. Paying
tribute to the natural world, I create stylized
“snapshots” of sights one might see while
hiking a mountain trail, strolling through a
city park, or sitting in a garden.
The techniques I use in my most recent work include wax resist, painting with dye, immersion dyeing,
appliqué, embroidery, quilting, beading, drawing, and assorted other techniques which may be needed for a
given piece. Each of my quilts begins with a blank canvas of white fabric.
I brush, spatter or immerse the fabric in dye, then brush or spatter with wax. After several layers of dyeing
and waxing, the wax is removed and the dye is set. Next, I add more shapes, colors and textures using
appliqué and embroidery. Finally, I quilt the piece to give it a three- dimensional quality.