Join WEN member, Rebecca Gilbert for an Artist’s talk March 23, 6pm at The Print Center, 1614 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA
Rebecca Gilbert: wonder brings together new prints that arise from her interest in both traditional print processes and her poetic response to the landscape, on exhibit December 16 – April 22.
Gilbert’s works come out of her deep commitment to traditional print processes including wood engraving and complex, multiple-layered reduction woodcuts, and her poetic response to the landscape.
“I have been using dirt, water, sticks, coins and gold as imagery in my work to symbolize that which we impulsively crave, seek out and hold valuable.” – Rebecca Gilbert
This series of work formed during a 2015 artist residency at OCHO, Questa, NM where the Philadelphia-based artist explored the countryside around Questa guided by a treasure map created in the form of a poem. It was created by a retired art collector living in Santa Fe named Forrest Fenn, who has hidden more than one million dollars in gold somewhere in the rugged nearby countryside. Gilbert’s hunt for Fenn’s treasure became an opportunity to take notes and make sketches of the beautiful landscape with its interesting rock formations and hidden petroglyphs, as well as of objects she found during her hikes. Those sketches were the starting point for the engravings and woodcuts in this exhibition. While Gilbert’s treasure hunting activities are recent, her work has focused on gold in the past.