Gaye Reissland

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

The Four Elements

mixed media

4′ x 8′ x 2″




I am a native of Columbus, where I received my BA from Ohio Dominican University. I enjoy depicting people, who are underrepresented in artwork, especially those with imperfections. Wrinkled, women of color and full-figured individuals are some of my favorite subject matters. I work primarily with charcoal pencil on canvass, acrylics and mixed media. I do a little photography as well.




When I learned that the name of the show was Remnants, I was truly excited, as I am a hoarder of all things I consider to be potential “art.” The four panels represent the elements. Those four elements are represented by four black women. I used many elements that I had hoarded over the years and found in my house after a very recent fire I had suffered in my home. Among other things, I used diaper wipes, hardware, CD silver skin, old wrapping paper, tissue boxes and decorative beads from my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration. The masonite I used had been dropped in the rain, run over by cars and trucks and survived the fire. We experienced damage from the elements of fire and the water, but both are essential to life. This piece bears bits and pieces of my life and reflects the fact that all elements are essential to human life and that women are indeed the quintessential element necessary to bring life to this earth. Both should be respected and treated with great care.