YWCA Women’s Art Gallery
Sights Unseen: Seeking Substance Beyond the Surface
Artists Fran Carlisle, Linda Gillings, Cristina Gutierrez, Ainsley Kellar, and Nancy Willman produce photographic works showcasing texture and light through close observation and technical manipulation, uncovering the essence of objects and looking to what lies beneath the surface.
Fran Carlisle, a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, has been featured in many publications and galleries, including Arts Across Kentucky, Dragonfly Gallery, and the Sheraton Hotel Red Contemporary Art Gallery.
Linda Gillings finds inspiration in the ordinary. Familiar sights such as a reflection or light moving through a room can reveal shapes, colors, shadows, negative and positive space evoking moods, mystery, and discovery. She uses intentional blurring, shallow depth of field, and post-production treatments to transform her images.
Cristina Gutierrez’ series of nudes features women who are not professional models to reveal a positive image of women’s bodies in a natural, loving and embracing, state. She is inspired by Renaissance and Baroque Italian sculpture, featuring a strong use of balance, form, and softness of flesh in depictions of immortals. Her work portrays perfection in mortal bodies of all types.
Ainsley Kellar strives to bring out the raw elements of the image itself without the use of filters or Photoshop. She seeks out the world hidden within the everyday.
Nancy Willman captures textures and the temporary two-dimensional surfaces that shift in the light, to reveal new hues, shades and palettes. She uses closely observed texture to communicate the essence of the places she visits.