Gail Rothschild

Portraits of Ancient Linen

2012–Present

Large-scale acrylic-on-linen paintings based on archaeological fragments of linen thousands of years old. Each piece's title refers to the artifact it was based upon.


The Arcade Project

2016-2017

A group of paintings inspired by “Figures in Niches or Arcades,” a single much-decayed fragment of Coptic wool tapestry from the Brooklyn Museum Collection.


Using the Wrong Imagery

2015–2016

A series inspired by the famous relief panels from the 8th century BCE Nimrud palace of Ashur-nasir-pal II.


Boulder Problems

2010–Present

A rock climber's interpretation of the vertical landscape.

Climberscapes

2009–Present

Drawing inspiration from Eadweard Muybridge's 19th century photographs of figures in motion, each Climberscape begins with video footage of my own experiences rock climbing, deconstructed frame-by-frame and re-constructed into a painting. They are at once self-portrait and landscape.

Fabrications

2006–2012

Invented landscapes based on the organic geometry of the knitted stitch.

Cartoons for Mille-fleur Tapestries

2009–2011

An exercise in brush stroke choreography organized within the precise grid of plant beds.