Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE
The main focus of Eilish Gormley’s Artist-in-Residence project is the use of traditionally feminine mediums in conjunction with paint and canvas. Textiles have had a substantial role in human innovation and craft, yet often do not receive the same prestige as traditionally masculine practices. Through the intentional use of embroidery, floral patterns, vivid colors, and beading, there is a direct homage to female dominant artistry. This evades internalized prejudice surrounding feminine aesthetics, and instead emphasizes the impact of women in art and craft.
Eilish Gormley is an emerging visual artist based in the Salem, Oregon area. She began her career through the Salem Art Association’s High School Art Mentorship Program, in which she began producing her series Nouveau Greco. She was selected for the Emerging Artist category in the 2017 Salem Art Fair & Festival, and was featured in an article in the Statesman Journal. She currently has work represented by Gallery 349 in Stayton, Oregon. Her work focuses on feminine roles in art on a general and personal level. The work explores what it means to be a woman and/or feminine-presenting person in art, both as the subject and the artist. It offers counterbalance to a current truculent climate, and elevates underrated feminine traits for women, men, and non-binary people alike. Themes of gender roles, archetypes, and misogynistic behaviors intend to deconstruct the perception of feminine or gendered art. Conversations are formed through medium, composition, color, and narrative. It intends to question the norms and expectations of art by contrasting classic aesthetics in a contemporary setting. It intends to highlight the contradiction between standards of fine art, craft, and the subjective nature of art itself.
Fine Art Friday (Reception)
Friday, January 19 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Salem Art Association exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm (Annex weekend hours may differ, please call 503-581-2228 to check availability).