Art. What is art? Each person will define art in their own unique way. To me art is an exploitation of deviation.What...
Connie Geerts was born in 1965, the youngest of six children raised on a farm in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. It was a fairly idyllic childhood filled with lots of unsupervised exploring and evenings spent with her siblings drawing at the kitchen table.
Geerts started her professional art career with a move to the West coast in 1987. After exploring many materials she fell in love with acrylic painting and has been working in the medium ever since. During this time, she also worked as a news videographer, and started creating sculpture, joining the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild. Geerts began showing her work professionally in 1997, and has been consistently represented by a number of galleries since that time.
In 2000, Geerts moved to Calgary, Alberta and was able to devote more time to creating art. She also spent time working in film and theatre, building props and sets. The influence of her video editing career showed up in her painting around this time, with her style taking on the look of broken up digital imagery. Since then, her artwork has appeared many times on television, in magazines and books.
While continuing to paint, Geerts studied bronze casting in Mexico but fell in love again when she discovered glass kiln casting in 2005. She found the same subtle translucency of colour that she enjoyed with acrylic paint was possible in a three dimensional medium. Her new passion for glass led to more experimentation, and the addition of contrasting materials such as cement and metal, to her sculptural work.
Geerts continues to work in her first passion, acrylic painting, but now devotes equal time to discovering the possibilities in sculpture. She works out of her studios at her home in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Particles and Bicycles
My style of painting has led me to contemplate the idea that we, and everything around us are made of vibrating particles. It’s a scientific fact that particles vibrating at a certain wave length will attract others vibrating at the same rate
In a more “new age” way of speaking, we attract people and things to our sphere that share our vibration, whatever that may be.
In this latest series of paintings, I’ve used the bicycle as a metaphor for the idea of travelling through life. As with riding a bike, we pick our own path, not limiting ourselves to only the roads most travelled. Silhouettes obscure the points of separation between one thing and another in these images. We become one and the same vibration as our companions on the same path as we share purpose and goals with them.