Old Work > Construction Paintings-- 2011-2016

Gwendolyn Zabicki, Gwen Zabicki, artist, painting, Chicago artist, Gwen Zabicki artist, Gwendolyn Zabicki artist, Gwen Zabicki painting, Gwendolyn Zabicki painting, Gwen Zabicki Chicago, Gwendolyn Zabicki Chicago
oil on canvas
32in x 24in
2015
Gwendolyn Zabicki, Gwen Zabicki, Gwendolyn Zabicki painting, Gwen Zabicki painting, Gwen Zabicki art, Gwendolyn Zabicki art, Gwen Zabicki artist, Gwen Zabicki artist, Gwen Zabicki Chicago, Gwendolyn Zabicki Chicago
oil on canvas
31in x 36in
2016
Gwendolyn Zabicki, Gwen Zabicki, Chicago, artist, painting, Gwen Zabicki artist, Gwendolyn Zabicki artist, Gwen Zabicki painting, Gwendolyn Zabicki painter,
oil on canvas primed with clear gesso
24in x 48in
2016
(detail) Canvas Stretchers
oil on canvas primed with clear gesso
2016
Gwendolyn Zabicki, Gwen Zabicki, Chicago, artist, painting, Gwen Zabicki artist, Gwendolyn Zabicki artist, Gwen Zabicki painting, Gwendolyn Zabicki painter,
oil on canvas primed with clear gesso
2016
Gwendolyn Zabicki painting Chicago artist
oil on canvas
24in. x 36in.
2013
Gwen Zabicki painting Chicago artist
oil on canvas
20in. x 16in.
2013
Gwendolyn Zabicki painting Chicago artist
oil on canvas
60in. x 48in.
2012
Washington Mutual
oil on canvas
36"x288" (3ft x 24ft)
2011

My dad, a union carpenter, says that carpentry is a battle against nature, specifically rain, rot and mold. There is a pathos in his work that I identify with, a need to preserve a neighborhood that is eroding with time. We often compare notes and have found many parallels in the ways that we create space, problem solve, and in the kind of measuring and planning that go into both practices. Carpentry and painting can be viewed as a struggle, against obliteration, against death. But seen optimistically, they are generative processes, the creation of new structures that will outlast their creators, gifts to the future.