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.