Gil’s process is meticulous, using visual and word association to construct possible alternate worlds. At times a kind of nostalgia bubbles to the surface, and while the works are not intended to be primarily autobiographical documents, each holds the indelible marks of the maker and the things that hold meaning for her. In Indigenous Mass
, the image of a Morgan horse at the center of the piece stands under a blueberry sky – the state animal of Vermont, and a berry that grows wild in the state. Each fragment holds a wealth of signifiers. Personal and universal, Gil’s work is generous: it allows each viewer a way in.
Brooklyn-based visual artist Sally Gil was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont. She received her BA from UC San Diego and her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. She has had solo exhibitions at Geary Contemporary, NYC; 571 Projects, NYC; University of North Carolina, Charlotte; and Dean Bergen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum; The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; White Columns, NYC; among other venues. The artist was a Fellow at Apexart (2013) to Sao Paolo, Brazil, and a Visiting Artist at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010) and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (2001). Her work is included in the U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program, in Brazzaville, Congo (2014-2016).