Gail Whitsitt-Lynch

 

Gail Whitsitt-Lynch has devoted her artistic career to exploring a variety of materials, both two and three dimensional. The goal of each exhibit is to draw the viewer into a dialogue between their own visual experiences and the artist’s imagery. This conversation underscores her determination to widen the definition of artist community.

For over forty years, Whitsitt-Lynch has shared her vision through teaching, both college curriculum and residencies throughout Rhode Island.

A monumental Eagle in Roger Williams Park has been a family-favorite photo location. Whitsitt-Lynch built it on-site in 1976.

She worked with young cancer patients and their families to plan and construct two treatment rooms at Hasbro Children's Hospital, in Providence, RI.  One treatment room chosen by the young patients included a water scene inhabited by the animals they chose personally.  The other treatment room, sponsored by Ben Coates, a New England Patriots team member, featured a metal framed stadium attached to the ceiling of the room, with spectators hung from the ceiling to complete the illusion of a patriots game in progress. It was exciting for her to follow the directions of a patient to who figured out what the “play” had to be.

This dialogue with the audience continued when Whitsitt-Lynch received a commission from Saint Sebastian’s Parish, in Providence to carve a relief for the altar. She took the opportunity to encourage each parishioner to examine their personal connection to a historically accurate Saint Sebastian shown offering a symbolic arrow of witness to an un-named person in the relief.

 Gail's personal artwork reflects her curiosity and fascination with animate structures. These works examine how and why these structural relationships appear over and over again in nature.  In more recent years, Gail has combined forms so that they seem “real”, but are actually composites that she hopes will trigger memories in viewers coming both from what they are looking at (but can't quite name), and their own personal histories.  Sometimes she takes one form, such as herself, and displays it in many different ways, revealing how even one form has many facets to explore.