Gabriella Karimi has always been intrigued by the physical human form. She expresses her observation of the human figure through painting and printmaking. Her years of training in medicine as a Physician Assistant have strengthened her understanding of the body and intensified her interest in the way the body takes up space. She is drawn to how the human figure interacts with light and space in which it exists and other figures in its surroundings. Her works aim to explore these dynamics through an abstracted lens.
A: Art to me is about physical exploration. The physicality of pen to paper...paint to canvas... is more important to me than the meaning. And whatever message comes to the viewer is what was meant to be.
Q: WHAT IS THE ONE ART RELATED ITEM THAT YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?
A: A sharpie.
Q: YOU ARE AN ARTIST AND ALSO A FULL-TIME PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT, DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN TRANSFORMED THIS YEAR DURING THE HARDSHIPS OF COVID-19 AND HAS IT CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE OR INFLUENCED THE STORIES YOU TELL THROUGH YOUR ART?
A: It hasn't changed the content of art or the subject of what I want to paint or draw, but it has brought art back to me. I have refocused and realized that this is an important part of my life. Because of the stress of this year, and being in medicine during this hard time, I got a little lost in the beginning. But overtime, it changed my perspective on life. You need to do things that are important to your mental health, and I recentered art as a part of who I am.