Kristin Gaudio Endsley is Guided By Water
September 30, 2022 @ 12:00pm
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Painter and ceramicist Kristin Gaudio Endsley creates ethereal artworks, splitting her time between D.C. and Brooklyn. You can visit her studio in Georgetown by appointment only.
District Fray: What’s the story behind deciding to pursue painting and ceramics full time?
Kristin Gaudio Endsley: As a child, I was always drawn to painting and drawing — anything art related. When it was time to decide my major at college, I went for something with more practicality: fashion design and illustration. I worked in fashion and taught for a bit, but it never felt right. I remember saying, “I am a teacher,” and feeling surprised to say that aloud. When I moved to London with my husband, I was able to witness successful working artists. That and the rise of social media helped me take the leap into painting full time. Ceramics came a couple years later during an artist residency in Sydney, Australia.
I love how versatile your work is. What’s your process for deciding the tone of each piece? Thank you. I do like to play a lot in my practice. As I work, I fall into a meditative process. I let go of planning and overthinking and just let my movements and the water take hold. Everything around me falls away and I am focused on the work and where it is going; the tone comes from this process. Most of my pieces have an ethereal or calming feel. The colors can change the tone. I am often drawn to colors you see in nature — whether it is a sunset, a winter forest or an ocean horizon.
How does your connection with water influence your work?
Water is the thread through all my different series. I allow the water to move freely on the canvas or use slight control measures as the water moves. At times it feels like my partner in the painting. I speak to the water. I am surprised by the water. I am both frustrated by the water and in love with
Anything else you want readers to understand about your work?
In my new series, I am breaking away from the controlled nature of geometric shapes. I am really opening up to the intuitive process, leaving it up to the critical dynamic of canvas, paint and water; I am using spontaneous, yet methodical dripping and pooling techniques to compose soft-edge and mutable images with a foundation in both my personal and the collective consciousness. I look forward to sharing this new series.
Kristin Gaudio Endsley: 1027 33rd St. NW, DC; kristingaudioendsley.com // @kristingaudioendsley