Solo Exhibition: Sandy Gillespie Translates Alaska Through Massive, Abstract Oil Paintings
On view Nov. 6 through Dec. 31 at the Anchorage Museum
"Translations," a new solo exhibition by Fairbanks artist Sandy
Gillespie, opens with a First Friday reception 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 at the
Anchorage Museum. The exhibition is on view through Dec. 31. In this
exhibition, multimedia works, encaustic paintings and oil paintings
convey the artist's relationship with Interior Alaska and the written
In the exuberant swirls of Gillespie's paintings, there aren't any
buried images of mountains or bears. Rather, her massive, abstract oil
paintings strive to capture the essence of Alaska, its emotional
"My large oils feel like wilderness to me - vast, full-bodied,
unknowable," she wrote in her artist's statement. "At the same time they
inscribe my daily thoughts, words, feelings - not a direct translation,
but a movement, an embodiment of something beyond mere description of
place or moment."
Gillespie's work moves between the realms of literature and visual art.
She is a fluent speaker of both languages: She has an MFA in creative
writing from the University of Alaska. The works in the "Translations"
exhibition are named after books written by authors such as Virginia
Woolf and Gertrude Stein, hinting at connections between the texts and
her visual art.
Gillespie's work is in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum
and the Museum of the North, Fairbanks. In 2007, she received an
Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. "Translations" is
presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska, and one of the top
10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum's mission is to
share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and
Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6
p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. General admission is $8, $7
seniors/students/military, free for ages 17 and younger. Coming in
spring 2010: The Imaginarium Discovery Center and the Smithsonian Arctic
Studies Center. Learn more online at www.anchoragemuseum.org.