By Gina Louthian-Stanley
hand printed fabric and collage
About the Artist
During the pandemic, I took several of my fabrics and ripped them, partly in a frustrated effort to find balance in an unsure time and partly to purge things I had held onto and never used. As I sat looking at the 'shred' I loved the way the self printed fabrics (based mostly on my old paintings) rested upon each other. The next thing I knew I was reassembling the printed fabrics in a new way. I added figures and other materials to create a narrative of sorts. I wanted to simplify the imagery, as my life had been suddenly simplified, to reflect on the simple natural things that I surrounded my self with during the pandemic.
Gina Louthian-Stanley is a multi-media artist, writer, and workshop instructor living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Discovering printmaking, Louthian-Stanley created her thesis works in monotype and has primarily been a monotype printmaker since the late 70'S. While many areas of art and types of media interest Gina, she began her ‘wax’ journey in 2006. She masters the versatility, permanence, and textures of wax, both hot (encaustic), and cold wax (medium), which allows for the deep layers found in her work. She also utilizes these mediums for printmaking, a build-up of layers creating luminous color and textures enhance her ethereal works. Each work usually begins without a preconceived image. Stanley's works represent the physical and emotional sensations, which carry the viewer into an intimate visual narrative, typically relating to the nature around her.