Josepha Gutelius

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An award-winning poet and playwright, Josepha Gutelius made a radical switch to visual art in 2015 — inspired by an impulse to continue writing on the canvas, to convert narratives into visions. She usually works in series, each painting an interdependent expression of a particular theme. Themes such as “Shape of Water,” “School Days,” “Theater Pieces,”  “Roman Elegies,” and most recently, “Inhabiting New Earth.” Her series “Silence of Nowhere” received a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.  Two of her paintings are currently on view at the Albany Institute of History and Art, selected by Susan Cross, senior curator at Mass MoCA.

She lives in Saugerties, New York with her husband, whom she met at Salvador’s house in Cadaques, Spain, in 1971.

Images of her recent work can be seen on Instagram #josephagutelius.

This is the book discussed in the interview: The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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  1. […] Josepha Gutelius spoke with us at the end of 2020. At that time she described the vision for her new series, Inhabiting New Earth. Of late she has been considering the younger generation and the burdens they carry and feeling a measure of guilt as a baby boomer for her generation’s part in some of that. Gutelius runs a bed and breakfast during the summer and spent time sketching her younger guests and thinking about the life ahead of them. Her works are figurative with a narrative to them. For her current series, her subjects appear to be lounging but they are not relaxed. An important element of the work is the light that surrounds the figures in each work and Gutelius is considering how to convey her whole message, much of which involves Gaia and the shifts presently taking place in the world. To hear more about this, as well as why the beginning of the pandemic felt like the aftermath of a blizzard in the Hudson Valley, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Josepha Gutelius spoke with us at the end of 2020. At that time she described the vision for her new series, Inhabiting New Earth. Of late she has been considering the younger generation and the burdens they carry and feeling a measure of guilt as a baby boomer for her generation’s part in some of that. Gutelius runs a bed and breakfast during the summer and spent time sketching her younger guests and thinking about the life ahead of them. Her works are figurative with a narrative to them. For her current series, her subjects appear to be lounging but they are not relaxed. An important element of the work is the light that surrounds the figures in each work and Gutelius is considering how to convey her whole message, much of which involves Gaia and the shifts presently taking place in the world. To hear more about this, as well as why the beginning of the pandemic felt like the aftermath of a blizzard in the Hudson Valley, listen to the complete interview. […]