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Ginger Birdsey

Ginger Birdsey

Ginger Birdsey brings intelligence and Southern charm to her mystical sculptures. Working in ceramics and mixed media, a gardener, mentor to kids, kayaker, beachcomber, and political junkie, Ginger's personality is reflected in the gorgeous, complex layers of her softly colored figures.

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Ginger Birdsey Home is in My Head and Hands at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Hold Me - My Home at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Wall Hanging at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Wall Hanging at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Sculpture Mixed Media at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Plate at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Plate  at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Plate  at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey Plate  at MudFire Gallery
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Ginger Birdsey at MudFire

Gallery group show Fur and Feathers, April 2013
Gallery group show House and Home, March 2012

 

Ginger Birdsey Artist Statement

My current work is concerned with a personal need to preserve a lost moment in time, an emotionally charged memory fragment, a story from childhood, to be reorganized, transformed, and protected as it moves at rapid speed away from us.

Houses, figures. animals, and materials gleaned from the natural environment are integrated in my work. Whether surrounded within a box, resting in a cradle, poised in a doorway of a house, or standing alone, the images evoke childhood innocence and inevitable loss.

I come a family of storytellers. Sitting around a table, listening to my dad tell the family stories, time stood quite still. I am often aware that we don't hear each other in the chaotic media driven swirl of a world. The houses hold secrets and memories. I want my work to open the doors giving fresh meaning to the answers about the spiritual, domestic, and mysterious pleasures of daily life.

For 23 years, I taught art at Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia. The children of all ages told the truth, participated in life to the fullest, and instinctively shared their secret worlds with me. Their gifts inform a good deal of my work.



Ginger Birdsey Artist Resume

Education:
Mercer University, 1964 BA English, Minor, Visual Arts
Numerous workshops at Penland, North Carolina, Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Shakerag Arts, Sewannee, Tennessee. I have studied with among others, Joe Bova , Tom Soumalian, Rick Berman, Lisa Clague, Debra Fritts, Authur Gonzales, and Dolph Smith
Exhibits:
2011, Midtown artist's Exhibit, Atlanta, Georgia
2011, Art Visions, Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia
2011, The Art House Gallery, Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
2011, The Peeper's Show, Middlebury, Vermont
2011, "I LOVE ATLANTA", Wonderoots, Atlanta, Georgia
2011, "Rock, Paper, Scissors", d k gallery, Marietta, Georgia

2010, Mudfire Gallery Show, Decatur, Georgia
2010, The Cup Show, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
2010, Arty Garden Party, solo exhibit, Atlanta, Georgia
2010, Brandon Arts Guild, juried, Brandon, Vermont
2010, Art on the Green, Middlebury, Vermont
2010, Art Walk, Middlebury, Vermont, Round Robin
2010, Art Walk, Middlebury, Vermont, Clay
2010, Art Visions 2010, Atlanta, Georgia
2010, Midtown Artists Exhibit, Atlanta, Georgia
Professional Experience:
1986- 2008, Art teacher, K-12, Paideia school, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 to present, Volunteer, Create Your Dreams, mentor and teacher, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 to present, Teacher and Volunteer , Paideia School, Atlanta, Georgia

2007 to present, Middlebury Studio School (summer) teacher, Middlebury, Vermont
Workshops:
2002 - 2012

"Self Portraits in Clay"
"Drawing from Nature": Out through the Doors
"Transitions: Art and Writing"
"Making Books: HAIKU and Asian influences"
"Evidence of a Life", mixed media assemblage boxes
"How Children Draw", slide presentation and lecture
"Transforming Old books", mixed media
"Meditative Drawing in a Time of Chaos"
Publications:
PIP, author, Jane Harmon, illustrator, Ginger Birdsey 2005
VIDEO: MUSIC ART AND CRAFT to be released spring 2012