Gabrielle is a truly polymorphic artist who very recently buried the idea of producing any more internet art, and contributed to the open studios with a performance on a vivid childhood memory that, in reality could never have happened. “A very personal, strange and almost embarrassing experience, when my sister and I were younger and pulled the curtains of our windows aside, seeing a cartoon bee outside pulling a face at us.” Pyomyositis evolves around the question what this fertile philosophical moment might mean, and how we can overcome awkwardness by talking about it.
Her formula for her art work can’t yet be defined as such, but every piece of her work begins with text. She’d had a lot of experiences of going into art galleries and feeling bad about not getting anything, which is the reason she never works with elusive sculptures. “My issue is that I always want to say something. I want people to get it and feel comfortable. I don’t want people to leave feeling stupid. You need to be generous enough in the work for people to get it.”
One can see that she puts a lot of emphasis on conversation, exchange and discussion that reaches further beyond the art and design world. “I appreciate that sometimes you might want to be self indulgent, but I feel like I’m not going to have that privilege. I come from a working class family, and it would mean that I couldn’t go home and talk about the work that I’m doing. I want to be able to have this discussion not just with other artists, but with my family, friends studying politics, chefs, florists. It is to expand the conversation of what it means to make art.”