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“Never do the commonplace. Rules are fatal to the progress of art.”
— told to Beatrice Wood by Marcel Duchamp
Since moving to Santa Barbara ten years ago, Giles has been working in acrylic and mixed media. While her paintings are figurative, they are abstract and interpretive. The goal is to not portray the figure realistically, but to interpret the subject by creating images with shape, line, color and texture. The intent is to get the paint working on the surface, rather than in the details of anatomy and allow the viewer to use their imagination about what is portrayed. Through this method, the paintings suggest a mystery about the figure.