|FINDING MY VOICE|
|Medium||Recycled paper sculpture|
|Dimensions H”x W”||
91/2 x28 x 7
Member: Gail Baillargeon
Gail Baillargeon is originally from New York but grew up in South Florida. She now resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband and 2 children. She began working with paper at the age of 6, while being an honorary cub scout in her brother’s troop. She got hooked on sculpting after searching for a fictional piece by Michael Angelo from the book “From the Mixed-up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler” by E. L. Kongisburg. Other than high school art classes, Gail is self taught. Her paper sculpting medium is unique; she uses some techniques from clay sculpting but mostly techniques that she has developed herself depending on the piece she is working on. She works in house paint, acrylic, watercolor. coffee, tea, tobacco and all forms of found materials. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries in North & South Carolina.
I try to find my voice to connect with others of like mind and to start a dialog with those who are not. Whether the subject I’m working on is political, environmental, socially controversial or emotional, I attempt to educate about the subject. I try to find common ground to engage the viewer in my piece. I hope that I’ve caused them to think and ask questions. I work with recycled/repurposed materials to keep them out of our landfills. My pieces for “GRACEfest” are about how grace relates to humanity and the mercy given or not given to each other “Finding My Voice”.