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Gaia Schilke presents: Bomba/Tranquilo: Oil Pastels and Collages

By Sandy Lubin

Artist Gaia Schilke lived in Costa Rica for three years before moving to San Miguel de Allende two years ago. She traveled extensively around that richly biodiverse country as well as Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, and now Mexico. She has immersed herself in the vibrant nature and culture of Latin America, and those images now flow through her current work.

Bomba/Tranquilo, an exhibit by Schilke which opens February 16 at the Berlin bistro, is the expression of the abundant natural beauty she witnessed during recent travels, and of what she continues to learn about the interconnectedness of all things.

The original collages also included in this show were created between 2006 and 2016, made from intricately-layered, cut-and-pasted paper, with recurring imagery of masks, cities, patterns in nature, religious iconography, and inverted landscapes.

Also part of this exhibition are two new works, The Egyptian/Mexicano/Gringa Libro de los Muertos, inspired by the hieroglyphics of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. These are part of an emerging project that also includes two works from Gringa Loteria, a work inspired by Mexican language-learning game cards.

Gaia (Gail) Schilke grew up in Connecticut and lived in Manhattan for 20 years. She is most grateful to have discovered San Miguel and looks forward to many good years here. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, New England, and Florida and has published her illustrations internationally. Schilke was an art therapist and then a psychotherapist for 30 years and worked in clinical research at Brown University. Schilke is also a poet, who recently shared her work at Shelter Theatre and Belles Artes. Gaia is her given name, in that she gave it to herself.



Bomba/Tranquilo: Oil Pastels and Collages

Work from Gaia Schilke

Fri, Feb 16, 6pm

Berlin Bar & Bistro

Umarán 19




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