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Gina Werfel


Conceptual Design

'Clearing' by Gina Werfel. Conceptual drawing.

About the Artwork

“Clearing” breaks apart an existing painting into fragments that pedestrians will discover along the walking path that moves vertically through R. Burnett Miller Park. Viewers will be challenged to imagine how it all fits together and also see it as part of their landscape. A six-foot panel in the shape of a frame, allows pedestrians to physically enter the painting. The placement of these panels allows the actual landscape to interact with the painted marks on the images, so the painting is no longer a passive presence in the park. The artist’s painting suggests a connection between her abstract marks and the place. There are seven panels of varying sizes and shapes, three of which have windows cut out in irregular intervals. The remaining four are of varying dimensions. The backs of each are solid colors that reflect the same proportions of colors that are in the painting.


Clearing by Gina Werfel, McKinley Village



Gina Werfel, currently a Professor of Art at the University of California, Davis, has created public art for, among others, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the US Embassy in Mauritania. She has exhibited her work at Google Headquarters, Mountain View, CA; Adler and Co Gallery, San Francisco; Prince Street Gallery, New York; and other galleries throughout California.  Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Prince Street Gallery, New York; and the University of Maine, Farmington. Werfel served as the Senior Artist in Residence at the International School of Art, Montecastello, Italy, and was a Yosemite National Park Artist in Residence.   She holds an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY and a BA from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.