ICAI had a quick chat with Gizelle and she let us into her world of arts.
Gizelle obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Applied Art and Design. Apprenticed with Lea Vivot, sculptor, in Kleinburg, ON and with Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, MI.
Her varied career has included medieval fresco restoration in Europe, ceramics instructor, art coordinator and a gallery manager in NS. She was the creative designer for Trident Newspaper, a Canadian Armed Forces publication. Earlier works include a wide range of graphic designs for several corporations and academic institutions in Halifax, NS. New World Publishing, commissioned her to create book illustrations and cover designs.
Today, some of her architectural ceramic projects and paintings are found at the Atlantic Place in Moncton, NB, the offices of Halifax Business Partnerships and in many private homes in Halifax NS.
Gizelle is a creative and versatile artist working in a wide range of mediums, this includes a variety of hand-build ceramic art, book illustrations and more recently she began to work with concrete and textured paint mediums. Her love for ancient and weathered subjects are some of the trademarks of her work.
I have always had an admiration and enduring interest in the mysteries of the ancient world, the unknown stories of forgotten past. My work often embodies the past long buried stories.
I mostly work with clay, hydrostone and more recently, cement as my sculpting mediums. I like the plasticity of the clay, the hydrostone’s similarity to marble and the concrete’s physical and visual properties. Some concrete pieces are directly built onto a wire support and others are first sculpted into clay, to create a urethane mould, then cement casted into mould.
Please enjoy her interview below
A : A sculptor, ceramist, painter and graphic designer, immigrated to Canada in 1989 to continue my work and studies in art. A native of Hungary, I graduate from George Brown College of Applied Arts, in Toronto, ON (Diploma in Ceramics). In 1994 I obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Applied Art and Design. I apprenticed with Lea Vivot, sculptor, in Kleinburg, ON and with Pewabic Potters of Detroit, MI. My varied career has included medieval fresco restoration, ceramics instructor, art coordinator. I was the creative designer for Trident Newspaper, a Canadian Armed Forces publication. My architectural ceramic projects and paintings are found at the Atlantic Place in Moncton NB, the offices of Halifax Business Partnerships and in many private homes in Halifax NS and Ontario. I working in a wide range of mediums, and more recently experimenting with concrete and textured paint on canvas. My love for ancient and weathered subjects, including rocks, fossils and ruins are some of the trademarks of my work.
A : I am a Visual Artist
A : Thirty years.
A: I had the opportunity to display my work in Nova Scotia with the assistance of Immigration Association NS, also by the assistance of NS Business Alliance. Also, participated in the annual Art In The Part art show in Cambridge On.
A : Mostly the love of mystery, captured by the forgotten past life of people, events, stories. Q: How did you feel having your works displayed at ICAI Event?
Q : What are the challenges you are currently facing as an immigrant artist?
A : My one shortcoming, lack of confidence to build artists networking, fear from approaching galleries, find mentoring. But I am immensely grateful for Toyin Oladele – Director of ICAI and Adriana Cervantes’ Mentorship for Integration at CCIS and all the volunteers who created this rare opportunity that allowed to display my work in the public networking event.
A : The mystery of ancient world that past on with my DNA. My work is between the real and fantasy world, the expression of my perceptions of long buried stories
Pictures of the artist’s works