My works on paper are a meditation on the passage of time and the relationship of human culture and natural rhythms.
One series uses pages of the New York Times on dates selected for cosmic events such as meteor showers, full moons, or the total solar eclipse. Covered in silver leaf, the pages quietly reflect the world around them with a mirrored surface, reflecting the viewer’s gaze and suggesting both censorship and memorialization of the words beneath.
The silver leaf references depictions of atmospheric space from medieval illuminated manuscripts; specific details of daily events move toward abstracted space, conflating the everyday with cosmic. The series embraces the language of archiving to become a calendar: one newspaper page for each month of 2017.
The following year, every month on the new moon, I burned the stack of New York Times from that month. With the remaining ashes, I made ink and created ink-blot drawings on newsprint the size of the newspaper.
The drawings are made in the style of the Rorschach ink blot test, historically used in psychological evaluation. These drawings become the location of psychological projection. According to the theory of the Rorschach test, each viewer interprets the shapes based on their own psychology.
Human experiences — as represented in daily newspaper stories — are enfolded by cosmic rhythms, conflating human timescales with natural cycles.
Gilkerson’s work has been shown internationally and across the United States at the Pensacola Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum of Baltimore, Transmitter Gallery in Brooklyn, and FLAG Foundation in New York. She was awarded a Chenven Foundation Grant, a Smack Mellon Studio Fellowship, and Artist Residency Grants with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Studio Center, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the La Napoule Art Foundation in La Napoule, France, and Tilleard Projects on Lamu Island, Kenya. Gilkerson’s 2016 solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art was named one of the Top Ten Art Shows of the Year and group exhibitions have been twice listed as Must-See Art Events by Art F-City. Her work is featured in Learning to Love You More by Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, and is in the Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection, the Vanderbilt University Collection, and many personal collections in the US and Germany.