Gina Beavers: Interview

Gina Beavers, Food Porn! (Chicken & Waffles), 2012, acrylic and pumice on canvas
Gina Beavers, Food Porn! (Chicken & Waffles), 2012, acrylic and pumice on canvas, 16 1/4 x 16 inches (photo credit: Andres Ramirez, courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento)

Gwendolyn Zabicki interviews painter Gina Beavers.

Beavers comments: "I will make a painting from any source. I try to be very democratic about it. If it seems interesting, I’ll make it ... If I painted directly from the photograph, I would just paint photo-realistically. But, I was looking for some kind of painting language, and painting around, underneath and in reality, against these built-up forms, became a formal strategy for me. Photographing these paintings while I work on them has also become a part of my process. I really like the way the relief casts a shadow; it makes the piece look almost uncanny, like it’s animated. I experience my works a lot through photographs, even though they are meant to be viewed in person. I like that there are two ways to experience my work – one of them is online in a photograph and the other is to be in real space with it. It lives online and in person, in the same two ways as we do."