Artist: Gina Ledor (2002 — )
Medium: Digital painting (Apple Pencil on iPad Pro with Procreate graphic software) over imported pencil drawing
Dimensions: Optional; the first impressions are 61.0 x 96.5 cm, 24 x 38”.
Matrix: Printing is available in UV-protected glossy (or other) aluminum or in a choice of papers
Edition: This is a small limited edition, likely very small, with printing to order by Bay Photo (Scotts Valley, CA). To date, one artist’s proof has been printed on glossy aluminum (to be hand-signed at the time of sale) and a second, digitally signed proof has been printed on glossy, UV-filtering (EXT) aluminum. The edition tally will be updated as other proofs are printed. The total edition will not exceed 60 (numbered and/or artist’s) proofs.
Signature: Hand-signed and numbered by the artist at the time of sale for proofs on archival paper, if any; for proofs on UV-filtering aluminum, digitally hand-signed and numbered by the artist at the time of sale. One artist’s proof exists on glossy regular (non-EXT) aluminum, to be hand-signed at the time of sale.
Exhibition history: Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA, April 17-30, 2019
Framing: Optional; available in a choice of frames, ranging from a simple hidden, inset frame (which provides the support structure for a picture wire) to a custom, patinated aluminum frame
Price: Upon request
Below is Gina’s artist’s statement, referring to a cohesive body of work she has created for her high school art class exhibition. This digital painting is one of two related pieces; its companion piece is viewable here. The other art featured in her exhibit is at bottom.
Art as Coping
A year and a half ago, I heard that my friend had taken his own life. This came as a great shock, as I had known him as a cheerful, bubbly person who made everyone laugh–the last person I would ever have expected to have been depressed. I entered a long period of mourning, and it seems the loss I feel will always remain with me.
Since then, my awareness of and attitude toward mental illness have evolved. Because of the disparity between his outgoing personality and the sadness he hid beneath the surface, I began to realize that there is much that people don’t know about each other. Now I pay much more attention to the mental health of those around me. I have become aware that because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, those suffering from it feel isolated and often keep their troubles to themselves.
I make art in the hopes of contributing to the creation of an environment that allows people to talk about their struggles and seek help. To this end, I try to understand those around me who have experienced emotional distress and to explore their coping mechanisms. The meaning in my work comes from the process of making art itself as much as the final product itself—creating is one of the best mechanisms I and others have for coping. The creation of each piece in itself was an outlet, a place I could escape to and relax in its repetitive patterns, from crochet stitches to doodles. I tend to draw faces when I doodle. I think the reason is that often, facial expressions unwittingly reveal underlying emotions that people are trying to hide.
The friend I lost used to bring his knitting projects to school and would undo and redo them over and over. He always said it was simply because he wasn’t happy with them, but I wonder if this was his way of coping. The unraveling of my piece is both a reflection of the way he knitted and a metaphor for his despair.