Wisconsin artist Gina Litherland displays work at Ripon

An exhibition of work by artist Gina Litherland of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, will run Sept. 12 through Oct. 5 in Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, on the Ripon College campus. The artist will give a short presentation about her work beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 12, in the Rodman Center lobby. A reception will follow in the gallery.

In “Fables and Apparitions: Paintings by Gina Litherland,” the artist combines elements of the natural world, fairytale and myth into her precious, minutely-wrought paintings.

“I have always been interested in the interplay between myth, the natural world and the domain of dreams and memory,” Litherland says. “Much of my work is inspired by folklore, myth and literature reflected in my own personal preoccupations, specifically themes of desire, femaleness, the natural world, the human/animal boundary, children’s games, ritual, intuition and memory.

“The painting techniques that I use, traditional indirect oil painting techniques similar to those used by 15th-century Sienese painters, combined with textural effects created by using various tools other than the paint brush, allow me to create a detailed, layered, and complex surface of images recreating the experience of looking at the forest floor with its rich blanket of diverse matter in various stages of decay. Suddenly, an object emerges and comes sharply into focus.”

Litherland’s paintings, drawings and articles have been published worldwide in journals and periodicals. Her essay about the connections between creative activity and the natural world, “Imagination & Wilderness,” appears in Surrealist Women: An International Anthology (University of Texas Press).

Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and during evening performances in the Rodman Center.


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