statement and biography

My work is an expression of the natural world, from the micro to the macroscopic. I am curious about the connections of organisms. I like water, plants, rocks, wind, dirt, patterning, repetition. Working in a general direction, paintings evolve through experimentation and discovery. I focus on parts or layers, always multiplying, to increase variety and invention. I make mistakes to learn the parameters of them. Brushstrokes move across a surface the way I imagine creatures progressing through the world, dashing, meandering, circling an area, advancing to the next. Through these trajectories and patterns, an unpredictable visual landscape emerges.

Giersbach has completed four permanent public art commissions, including a large mosaic for the New York City subway system. She also makes paintings, drawings and temporary site specific paintings that have been shown at galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Europe. Venues have included Roebling Hall, Deitch Projects, Wave Hill, White Columns, Museo Rufino Tamayo, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. She has been the recipient of awards including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (NYFA). She was educated at Vassar College (BA), Rutgers University (MFA), and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.