"Every experience when captured in a still moment reflects portraits of our lives. For me, that captured moment is made up of a variety of views, the floral, the beast, the human, all set in a mixed perspective landscape. Telling in poetry of the experience observed or participated in. Is it a story familiar or alien to you?"
In my current show: Past the Park and Into the Forest the following artist statement sheds some light on my thoughts as an artist.
Ahhh Art…. This is a way of life, of looking at the world I experience and observe. I encourage you to visit all of my web site and look at my wide range of work before forming opinions. As a Dean of Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ventura College I am hopeful I influence and role model a dedication and self-exploration in and to the arts as well as the art of being a citizen and living ones life fully and as a joy to others. Keeping alive the experience of being an active artist while managing the arts.
In this series I stay true to my direction to create portraits of the experiences I observe. Players or objects, or situations may change throughout the body of work just as life experiences change daily. In this series my experience is thinking of my son.
My son; single, handsome man, wandering in the forest to find himself. His latest experience, venturing into the world, a newly alone man.How shall he survive the forest of witches disguised as warriors disguised as destiny.
As a mother, a dean, a friend, a citizen, and an artist, I am compelled to encourage others, being a mirror of their worlds and mine. Be it faculty, students, or strangers I encourage all to express themselves and investment in their individuality as they view the arts.
I hope you enjoy this series of expressions about my son’s current challenge finding his way through the forest on his path to finding his new home.
Gwendolyn Lewis Huddleston holds an MA and MFA in Studio Arts and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. Gwendolyn has shown her work throughout the Nation and Abroad. Her work is in numerous private and museum collections. Gwendolyn has enjoyed making art throughout her life and as a professional artist for over 30 years.