I am fascinated by stories passed down, both from my own familiar heritage and those told by others. I believe that the passing down of memories what keeps our genetic heritage alive. I am interested in and seek out others who have a similar story to tell and I immerse myself in their shadows. I do so in order to tell my story more clearly, and doing so also helps to clarify what I want the work to say visually.
There is a connection to what the ancient ones taught my ancestors, as this information was passed down generation to generation. I consider my work and its process to be a spiritual endeavor, and the process of making to be a ritual component . I decided to learn how to make objects in order to have a better understanding of who my ancestors were and how perhaps I am similar to them. The process of making gives me an identity and an ancestral connection. In this I feel that I have been creating work that recontextualizes the sense of the sacred and the ritual object.
In storytelling I am moved by a sense of discovery and connection, and much of it is also deeply connected and rooted in place and land. My life's journey is about where the land, peoples, and stories come together. It is my wish that the viewer will bring their own experience when viewing my work. Thank you for taking the time for your own discovery as it brings meaning to the day. Miigwetch/Thank you.
Gina Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and then her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Gina's formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice and Critical Theory.
Gina Adam's cross-media, hybrid studio work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the US and resides in many public and private collections. Most recent exhibitions include: "Stands With A Fist" from the MOCNA in Santa Fe, New Mexico; "Survival/Zhaabwiiwin" exhibited at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine; and an upcoming exhibit at the Heard Museum in December 2014.
Among her honors are a recent MFA from the University of Kansas where she earned the honorable Kelvin & Helen Hoover Award and the Daniel MacMorris Award in Painting. Gina's studio practice is currently located in Lawrence, Kansas. Along with working in her studio, Gina travels as a Visiting Artist to Universities and Artist's Residencies, mentors and teaches college and youth Art Programs, and teaches encaustic at R&F Handmade Paint Workshops in the US.