Work of the Week — “Triangled Celebration” by Dorothy Gillespie

Sunday, July 2, 2017

IMG_6317By Haley Clement

Why not celebrate the declaration of America’s independence by examining a piece of art with the word “celebration” in its name? Dorothy Gillespie’s Triangled Celebration is equally as energetic as downtown Asheville will be this Tuesday night. With ribbons of color exploding in every which way just like the night’s fireworks, the sculpture certainly lights up a space.

For me, the unification of assorted colors to create one, cohesive piece relates to the unification of varying cultures to form what is the United States. Each ribbon is just as vibrant as the next, and no one segment overpowers the other. Alone, each is beautiful, but together they are powerful and awe-inspiring. Politics aside, this is how America strives to be and certainly is in certain respects. In addition to the color, the sheer size of the sculpture is utterly impressive, measuring 144 x 60 x 60 inches. Perhaps this too can be paralleled to the greatness of the nation.

The artist, Dorothy Gillespie, was born in 1920 in Roanoke, VA. Her passion for the arts began at an early age and led her to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art at a time when a female’s career in the arts was frowned upon. She worked as a commercial artist for a short span of time and produced paintings, sculptures and installations during her career. Her art, characterized by its bright colors and metal work, can be seen at the Lafayette Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the United States Mission to the United Nations. To see more of Gillespie’s works, visit the Permanent Collections tab on our website.

We here at the Museum wish you all a very safe and happy Fourth of July!

Artwork above: Dorothy Gillespie,  Triangled Celebration, 1985, metal sculpture, 144.00 x 60 x 60 inches. Gift of Nationwide Life Insurance Company. Permanent Collection. 1991.17.33.