Feature Articles

July 2013

Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Deborah Sisco

The Charleston Artist Guild in Charleston, SC, will present Imagine, featuring works by Deborah Sisco, on view in the Guild Gallery, from July 1 - 31, 2013. A reception will be held on July 2, from 6-8pm.

Sisco’s exhibit will stir your imagination with its use of oil and bas reliefs in oil. The actual idea started when a friend told her of a painting he had wanted to buy of a person playing a guitar then lost interest when he found that the artist simply copied it from a photograph. This gave her an idea, why not create something that actually appeared to come out of the canvas?

The process of creating the reliefs is done in stages. They must be done on wood panels in order to support the weight. Sisco first builds a structure using wire, plaster and different forms to create the three dimensional portion of each piece. Then covers the entire surface with molding paste to give it a feeling of being chiseled, then to prepare for painting it is covered with gesso and then with impasto to create a soft painting surface.

Sisco was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, and migrated to Charleston as a young adult where she attended the College of Charleston and developed her passion for art. Her work is influenced by the pioneers of the modern art movement of the nineteenth century and by today’s’ Pop music. According to Sisco, it is first and foremost about the color, it needs to be visually pleasing, disturbing, happy or peaceful, but it should not leave you empty.

“Sometimes I see art in a face, or the sky or in a cloud. Sometimes I see a group of shapes, colors or buildings..............and sometimes I dream,” says Sisco.

The Charleston Artist Guild (CAG) began in 1953 when seven local Charleston artists launched the organization in an effort to help artists network and involve themselves in community programs. Today, the Charleston Artist Guild is a nonprofit organization with over 600 members, whose mission is to promote the practice, teaching, and recognition of Fine Arts in Greater Charleston, SC.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Guild at 843/722-2454 or visit (www.charlestonartistguild.com).


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