Annelies Gentile is an artist, leadership coach, and consultant in Raleigh, NC. Gentile’s work of art, “TWEED”, is on exhibit in the Imurj Main Gallery exhibit, GLOW. Gentile discusses her inspirations, live painting, and her creative process.
Q: Describe yourself & your artistic style.
A: I’m deeply inspired by nature, science and patterns. It helps me untangle and explore the creative process itself. I’m driven to understand, share and study through artful experiences; how life functions, expands, grows and can transform our deepest desires and most difficult problems. After many years of producing art for art’s sake, I explore art now as a piece of a much larger process.
Q: Describe your art/piece that is on exhibit at Imurj.
A: TWEED was painted live in front of an audience using only primary colors and gloved hands; a dance of improvisation and interpretation, aimed to evoke creative inquiry. It is the first within its series called the Fractal Touchables, a hands-on, audience, environment and sensory art-informed experience. It’s fairly large at 47″ and is colorful and highly textured. The glow component is reminiscent of the threads that bind us all. TWEED has 9 hidden DNA Fractals (explained below). Come find them all!
Q: What inspired you to create this piece of art?
A: I was asked to paint live during a musical performance. This was my first in 2012 of its kind. I found it intriguing and challenging to do such a thing! TWEED set me off on a new line of thought to connect my works to one another and to always now only paint live and only paint with the intent of expression and exploration for me and for the observers, and then later-on the participants. It’s the ultimate invitation to reside at the edge, between creativity and chaos. And to evoke curiosity in others is so rewarding and transformative.
Q: What’s the process of making your work?
A: Each work within the Fractal Touchable Series begins with what I call Fractal DNA patterns. They’re photographs of my prior works. These are embedded into the blank canvas days before I paint live and inform starting points, color, direction and texture of the final piece. There’s something interesting about exploring an already “touched” canvas. It has information from a previous lineage, just like a baby is a bit of a blank canvas in which absorbs cultural and environmental habits but is pre-destined to be marked with its family’s genes. My art is a bit like this and it makes me think of how connected we all are to one another and our collected effects upon the fabric of life.
Q: Does local Raleigh/NC culture inspire or influence your art?
A: Painting live for these pieces are undoubtedly effected by who invited me to paint, what I hear when I paint, and how I feel in that environment. So, yes NC/Raleigh culture can influence my art, if anything indirectly. I’m not painting local buildings or barbecue, obviously. 😉
Q: Why do you love what you do?
A: I can’t not do what I do. I live to think and live to create what I think about. Tying my art into exploring, expressing, coaching and teaching about our inherent creative process is a stellar way to live. It’s not always easy, mind you. But it’s truly an owned life. I recently facilitated an experiential workshop using another painting called “Out of the Frame” that’s a hands-on learning tool. The comments I received from that experience confirmed I’m in the right place, doing the right thing… Folks had big ah-has! That made me feel good.
Annelies Gentile’s “TWEED” is on exhibit in the Imurj Main Gallery until July 29.