What happens if …ultramarine fingers grasp a pink form? …white stripes delineate a corner? …black blobs march across a surface? …I make a lot of arbitrary dashes? …or a pile of cadmium bricks?
By responding to a progression of self-imposed queries, an unpredictable visual landscape emerges, one that is influenced by my interests in the natural world, micro to macroscopic. I like water, plants, wind, patterning, repetition. I am curious about the connections of organisms.
While working, I attempt to maintain a reactive stance. It is interesting to progress without knowing what the painting will become or when I will stop working with it. I am generally focusing on parts or fragments or layers. Rarely do I have a sense of the whole picture. I like to knock off my glasses, pretend myopia, and actively ignore the whole surface of the painting while concentrating on one small area. I am often lazy or messy, but then sometimes overly precise. I want the various maneuvers to co-exist or conflict with a little reconciliation. To increase variety and invention in the work, I try to change the temperature of my emotions, the kind of brush or tool, the speed of the mark. Each response has the potential to be experienced by me as horrible mistake that will necessitate a curative that I hope will be more potent or mysterious than I could have contrived through a predetermined plan.
Giersbach has completed four permanent public art commissions, including a large mosaic for the New York City subway station. 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.