© 2019 Gillian Drier

Personal Artwork

Painting

Artist Statement

Consistent motifs in my painting, are the depiction and exploration of black, African-American, African, and intersectional identities. Through my course work on ethnic minorities in the United States, current events, and personal experience, I’ve begun to consider and survey variations of these themes. I hope that through this body of work, I can show the complexity of the issues

 

Black joy is something I’m strongly considering. The questions, ‘How is black joy affected by systematic racism and institutionalized injustice? ‘ ‘How does the larger scope of the world affect how black people attain happiness?’ And a second set of questions is of black masculinity. “How has modern society sculpted how black masculinity is viewed within the black community and the within the greater populace?’

 

These questions don’t necessarily have a concrete answer, and clearly depends on the individual for a response. I am exploring how it effects my own personal brand of happiness and how I perceive black masculinity. And I hope that the spectator can participate in the discussion by considering their own views.

University of Wisconsin - 

Madison

Art Department

 

Year / 

2013-2017

Maintain

48" x 30"

oil on canvas

2017

Obtain

36" x 36"

oil on canvas

2017

Obtaining Yellow

24" x 48"

oil on canvas

2017

Fable Women: The Cracked Pot

40 cm x 50 cm

oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk on wax print fabric

2015

Fable Women: The Fox is No More

40 cm x 50 cm

oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk on wax print fabric

2015

Fable Women: The Hunter and the Net

40 cm x 50 cm

oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk on wax print fabric

2015

Fable Women: The Crow and the Pebble

40 cm x 50 cm

oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel, chalk on wax print fabric

2015

Brothers and Sisters

30" x 40"

oil paint on canvas

2016

Hair

24" x 40"

oil paint on canvas

2015

Self Portrait No. 2

24" x 36"

oil paint on canvas

2014

Scottsboro Nine

36" x 24"

oil paint on canvas

2015

$3.24

40" x 40"

oil paint on canvas

2015

Hands

16" x 5"

colored pencil

2014

Woman of Color

24" x 18"

colored pencil

2014

Not So Little Anymore

18" x 24"

colored pencil

2014

Self Portrait No. 1

24" x 18"

colored pencil

2013