“Mischief & Craft” is the title of Gigi Godfrey’s art show opening Friday, June 7th in the Bainbridge Island Library. The title comes from a chapter in the book Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith (no relation). 

Why did Gigi take the title of her art show from a book about octopuses? She met Eleanora, an octopus, at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and chose her as a subject.

Gigi, formally trained as a cardiac nurse, is drawn to subjects displaying some sort of rhythm—whether in the way the light patterns form, the shapes link together, or the weaving of color harmony. She’s happiest staying loose with the brush and leaving unfinished work to show through—creating a trail of the evolution.  Color and texture are the real appeal for Gigi. “When searching for the right color value and temperature, I tend to leave all the marks on the final work, showing the decision process, which I call ‘painting out loud’”. 

You’ll see Eleanora and more of Gigi’s work at the upcoming Library Art Show on Bainbridge Island.  Opening reception is Friday June 7th from 5-7 pm.  

Credits: BCB Host: John Fossett; BCB audio editor and publisher: Chris Walker