Faces, particularly, women’s faces, inspire Gill Button. Snapshots of “new” visages found online, decayed Victorian photographs of long forgotten sitters discovered at flea markets, glorious icons of the silver screen, family photo albums… They all inspire her melancholic and emotive portraiture.
Oil and ink are Button’s media of choice; she relishes the organic life and independent will inherent to these materials. The interactive relationship she shares with paint and colours enables the bold, fluid brushwork that grants life to the faces she captures and also provides a dreamlike parallel realm for beholders to escape into.
Button’s traditional western academic art education has not only honed her techniques, but also trained her observation and ability to engage. She empathises with each of the “strangers” she paints, and as she draws out their emotions, echoes of the artist herself are also revealed.
“At once confrontational and cool, intimate and vulnerable,” Larissa Pham’s description for Gucci points to the essence in Button’s art: an unintentional response to the contradictory aspects of us all, the conflicts of confidence and insecurities.
“看似充满对抗性，但又很酷，内里却有点脆弱，同时又有种亲密感”，Larissa Pham为Gucci写的描述点出Gill Button创作的精髓：有意无意地回应着我们每人心里在自信与犹豫之间的徘徊，每天面对着的内在矛盾 。