Gayle Crites

Pacem II

Pacem II

Work Details

Pacem II

2021

Natural earth oxide on Yanchama

59 X 42 inches Framed

Inventory ID: #16643

Medium Description: Yanchama, is hand-pounded bark from the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru. Paper size is 51.5 x 34.5 inches.





    About Gayle Crites

    Gayle Crites was born in 1949, Denver, Colorado. She earned a BA/Fine Art Printmaking from Colorado State University in 1971 and continued studies at the University of Mexico, Guadalajara. She has traveled to various countries to study the use of natural dyes, focusing her time with Zapotec weavers and dyers in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. She acquired barkcloth from Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii, Nicaragua, Africa and Peru, also through her travels and connections with individuals living abroad. Her work is featured nationally in magazines and books, museums and galleries, as well as in international exhibitions. Chiaroscuro Contemporary has represented her work on widely sourced hand-pounded barkcloth for over fifteen years and featured it in four solo exhibitions, including numerous group shows.

    Artist Statement

    Bark comprises some of the world’s oldest cloth, and is still hand-pounded by indigenous women in locations ranging from the south Pacific through the Americas to Africa. I use varieties of this cultural art form from Tonga, American Samoa and Nicaragua as the “canvas” for my works in this show. Historic natural dyes of indigo blue from India and cochineal red from Mexico contribute more natural elements to these works, which connect ancient humankind to the burgeoning population of our modern world. Just as men have always relied upon trees for materials and oxygen, another connection between the ancients and modern society is our dependence upon, and challenges with, water. My most recent body of work reflects a theme of water and the concepts of flow, aquifer, drought, pollution and the tangled problems we face in using and preserving humanity’s lifeblood.

    All Works by Gayle Crites

    Pacem II

    Pacem II

    2021

    Natural earth oxide on Yanchama

    59 X 42 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16643

    Medium Description: Yanchama, is hand-pounded bark from the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru. Paper size is 51.5 x 34.5 inches.
    Common Ground

    Common Ground

    2021

    Natural dyes w/ earth oxide on Yanchama

    43 X 39 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16644

    Full Medium Description: Natural dyes (including walnut, iron oxide, and cochineal) with earth oxide on Yanchama (Hand-pounded bark from the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru)
    Great Old New Schism

    Great Old New Schism

    2021

    Natural dyes w/ earth oxide on Yanchama

    46 X 30 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16646

    Full Medium Description: Natural dyes (including cochineal and saffron) with earth oxide on Yanchama (Hand-pounded bark from the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru). Paper size; 39.5 x 23.5 inches
    Back and Forth into the Change

    Back and Forth into the Change

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    55 X 35.5 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16814

    Framed dimensions: 55x36 inches. Paper dimensions 48.5 x 30 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    How Newness Enters the World

    How Newness Enters the World

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    55 X 35.50 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16815

    Framed dimensions: 56x37 inches. Paper dimensions 49.5 x 31 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Cloud Feedback

    Cloud Feedback

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    32 X 55.50 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16816

    Framed dimensions: 33x57 inches. Paper dimensions 27 x 50.5 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Cloud Feedback II

    Cloud Feedback II

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    33 X 32 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16817

    Framed dimensions: 34x33 inches. Paper dimensions 28 x 27.25 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    The Truth Before

    The Truth Before

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    29 X 19 inches

    Inventory ID: #16818

    Framed dimensions: 28 x 18 inches. Paper dimensions 24 x 14 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Foreseeable

    Foreseeable

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    31 X 30.50 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16821

    Framed dimensions: 32 x 32 inches. Paper dimensions 26 x 26 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Reciprocal Palimpsest

    Reciprocal Palimpsest

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    55 X 35.50 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16822

    Framed dimensions: 56 x 37 inches. Paper dimensions 50 x 30.5 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Made fire, will pray for rain, II

    Made fire, will pray for rain, II

    2022

    Cochineal, dyes, oxides on barkcloth

    28 X 28 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16823

    Framed dimensions: 29 x 29 inches. Paper dimensions 23 x 23 inches. Frame not shown, contact gallery for image of framed piece. Barkcloth is hand-pounded from Tonga.
    Realm

    Realm

    2020

    Natural earth oxide and dyes on Yanchama

    47 X 47 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16513

    Natural dyes (including eucalyptus and cochineal) with natural earth oxide on Yanchama (Hand-pounded bark from the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru)

    Artwork only is 41 x 41 inches
    Luna

    Luna

    2019

    Tapa, ink, handmade paper, monotype

    60 X 40 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16235

    Deeply Human

    Deeply Human

    2018

    Brush and ink on hand-pounded bark (tapa)

    63 X 37 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16095

    Brush and ink drawing on hand-pounded bark (tapa) from Tonga and natural pigment from Mexico, Spain and Southwest USA. Artwork framed in maple with linen backing board, not shown.
    Passport

    Passport

    2009

    Brush and ink drawing, painting with silk dye

    85 X 26 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #12572

    Brush and ink drawing, painting with silk dye, handmade tapa from Tonga, camelhair from Iraq and silk from Japan.
    Seen and Unseen Worlds

    Seen and Unseen Worlds

    2010

    Cochineal, ink on Mexican amate paper

    36 X 52 inches Framed

    Inventory ID: #16266