About the Book
I am a painter fascinated by the power of material culture. Innumerable stories dust the surfaces of these objects we create, use, and discard through daily life. My goal as an artist is to capture these stories and to reveal their power and beauty to others.
My enthusiasm for objects found a new voice when I became a mother in 2007. As I watch my daughter at play I am reminded of our powerful link to objects during this crucial stage of human development. We navigate early childhood as empty vessels, looking for ways to fill ourselves with essential information about our world and the codes that govern our civilization. Ultimately, blocks, balls, and other playtime toys shape our understanding of what it means to be human. Through my art I celebrate the profound sensual and psychological impact these objects have on our being.
In December 2008, I began publishing a blog called Adventures in Still Life to provide an online presence for my art and my thoughts about blocks, play, children, and perception. Later I changed the blog’s name to Stacked Life to reflect my growing interest in stacks and towers. Many of those commentaries are republished here to provide a framework for understanding the Block Series through its artist’s eyes.
Gina Pruette is a contemporary artist specializing in oil painting. She lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC and is a member of the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. She also publishes a blog called Stacked Life where she discusses her art and thoughts about objects and material culture. The blog is available on her website at www.ginapruette.com. Gina Pruette’s work has been included in many juried exhibitions, including the Dimensions 2008 National Juried Exhibition. Her paintings are held in private collections throughout the United States.