Life is a Kaleidoscope - North Carolina Artist, Gale Smith

June 03, 2015

Do you remember the fascination you had for a kaleidoscope when you were a child? I was recently shopping for a baby gift and had to stop at a display of them and hold one up to my eye. I watched the colors tumble and roll, making gorgeous patterns. The magical feeling of the never ending possibilities of combinations and configurations instantly took me back to those carefree kaleidoscope days. 

Gale Smith’s art is a composition of infinite possibilities. Here’s how she describes her process. “Never quite sure where the colors and copper will take me, I paint two abstract paintings on copper and then cut and weave the paintings together to create a dimensional piece of art.  When I start weaving my two paintings together, there is an excitement so present that I can hardly wait to complete the weaving process to see the developing design.  Most of the time, it is a serendipitous design, which I love.  It’s fun to ask others what they see in my final pieces.  Typically, they all have a different interpretation.  One person may see an angel while another sees a field of flowers. You can rotate my pieces 360” to observe my design from different perspectives, so there are many interpretations. Often times, I write small quotes, prayers or poems that relate to the piece of work on the back of the copper strips and weave them into the design.  It is my desire that the viewer w experience a personal interaction with my art.”

Just like life, you never know how it’s going to turn out. Life is a kaleidoscope!




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