Artist of the Month June 2017
Our Artist of the Month for June 2017 is Gaye Fay. Gaye is an artist dealing mainly in portraiture. She creates her work using pencil, pastel, ink, paint or charcoal. Gaye answered a few questions from us about her life, her inspirations and her art.
When and how did your interest in art develop?
From the age of ten, my grandmother inspired me. She was an artist, and as a child, I had a lot of time to myself. As I have grown up, unfortunately I have developed 'Bipolar Type One', and my coping mechanism is drawing and painting etc... This is because it helps mental factors that come out such as anxiety and adrenaline, as well as my mood swings.
What influences your art?
The artists that inspire me, are the ones that have faced many issues alone, but have pulled out from it in a way that is inspirational. The artists that demonstrate emotions in their art work. This refers to me, because I myself, have faced many issues alone, and have pulled through it, with art.
What process do you go through when you are creating a piece?
I start by finding a piece of paper, big enough for the emotion that I will let on to the art piece. I then draw with pencil, so that if I make a mistake I can erase it. I then draw, the way I am feeling. It doesn't matter what picture I copy from or create, no mater how 'their' picture presented emotions, my pictures always show how I myself am feeling inside, when I created the piece of art. Anything I copy from, always looks different to the original. When I have perfected my piece of art in pencil, I then draw over, with pastel chalks or colored pencils, felt tip, paint, 'goash' paints, acrylics, water colors or charcoal etc. The eyes in the art I do, always express feelings.
Which artists, if any, have you drawn inspiration from?
Van Gogh. One of the reasons is because he has suffered manic depression, like myself. Not just that, although the eyes in his paintings and his art in general, didn't express feelings, his design in his art, did. In my opinion, I could always tell when he wasn't in his right mind, just by looking at his art. Just like people have asked me, if I am alright, when my art, expresses different feelings.
Do you have a favorite piece? If so, which one and why?
My favorite piece of art that I have ever created is 'The girl with no face'. I created this piece of art with paint. This is because the day that I painted that, I had no feelings that I could describe. I felt numb. So I couldn't bring myself to draw a face. As much as I tried to. There wouldn't have been any emotions that I could have possibly put into her eyes.
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
When somebody looks at my art I want them to be drawn into the artwork itself. When their eyes are drawn into my artwork like a movie, I want them to establish just how deep the emotions and vibes, presented in the artwork, really are. There is more than just sadness, there is more than just anger, there is more than just happiness and there is more than just excitement. Emotions run so much more deeper with bipolar. I hope that the interpreter is comforted with the knowledge that they are not alone with anything they are going through. My paintings can mean anything to anyone, but the truth lied between the eyes of bipolar.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career?
The major making of my career has to have been, showing my art work at Pallent House Gallery. It has built my confidence as an artist. I hope to inspire many people, as my circle of small viewers, hopefully, becomes wider. This opportunity would have never been possible if it wasn't for my group, Sussex Oakleaf. Another making of my career, has to have been seeing many of what people call 'hopeless minds' starting to realise that they can art. My daughter, inspired by me, realized that she will art, no matter other people's judgments. Hearing that I have changed people's perceptions, like hers once was, is the making of my career. It doesn't matter where you come from, or any of your background, as long as you have something to art on, and something to art with, it wouldn't matter if the whole world is against you, you can express your inner emotions, forget the world around you, and just art.
Has being part of the Outside In been beneficial to you? If so, how?
Outside In has certainly been beneficial to me. I have never considered myself an artist until I stepped inside the Outside In gallery. This lead me to the conclusion that anyone that arts, is an artist. Outside In has left me open minded realising that people of all walks of life, can achieve anything they set their minds to.
What is next for you as an artist?
I believe the next stage for me as an artist, would be to sell my artwork to anybody that my art inspires. Although unfortunately, nobody knows where the road ahead leads, but it would be my dream to have people glide deep into the emotions demonstrated in my artwork. For them to spiritually awaken through the eyes of someone with bipolar. Mental health is so much more than just feeling sad or depressed, anxious or stressed, So travel with me, through the eyes of someone with bipolar.