I’m interested in the stuff that flows in and out of our lives through relationships, encounters and experiences. I'm always on alert, for rocks, silver scrap, wasp nests and other overlooked stuff. I appreciate the randomness of fallen flower petals and the chance arrangement of matter in my compost bucket.
Things can percolate a long time as I play and arrange and photograph. I'm drawn to relationships and wait for connections to emerge. As hidden meanings are revealed and emotions surface, I seek a deeper understanding of who we are and the places we inhabit.
Gayle Friedman grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where she dug up clay from the dead end so she could play with it on the patio at home. She went to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and studied Anthropology and Spanish. During college one summer, she did an archaeological dig on an island in the Tennessee river and since then is always looking for the hidden. She lives and works in Washington, DC, where for the past decade she’s been a jeweler, teacher, and the founder of Studio 4903, a group art studio space. Friedman received a DC Commission on Arts and Humanities Fellowship Award in 2017. She has work in an upcoming show at WAS Gallery, and her first solo show at IA&A Hillyer, opening June 2018. Friedman is an artist in residence at Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier MD.