Gail Rothschild was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, graduating from Yale in 1981. Since then, her work has been exhibited at museums internationally, including MoMA PS1, the DeCordova Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the University of New South Wales. Her work is in numerous private, corporate and public collections including PIMCO, the Mead Art Museum, and the University of Memphis. Rothschild’s work has included public sculpture, set and landscape design.
In 2000, she returned to her first passion: painting. To balance the hours of intensely focused studio work she began rock climbing. The shapes of the cliffs inform the imagined spaces of the Fabrication series. These paintings are muscular, tactile explorations of the physical world that suggest landscapes while referencing textiles. Setting out with no predetermined path, each canvas expresses an organic journey. “Hanging off a cliff by one’s fingertips,” says Rothschild, “is less scary than striking out across a vast canvas – but risk-taking leads to the best work.” The final painting expresses these realities of nature and culture. The world is and is (k)not.