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DONT BE AFRAID TO BE DUMB  |  ENLIGHTENMENT BARBIE GILLIAN KELLER SAN FRANCISCO

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* Meet Gillian *

{   A r t i s t ,  P O E T ,   M Y S T I C   }

IN MY HOME STUDIO IN THE MISSION.  FEBRUARY 2019

CITY ART GALLERY AUGUST 2018 - PHOTO BY VERA GUSHANSKY

EXHIBITING IN MY ROOM AT STARTUP ART FAIR LOS ANGELES

* enlightenment barbie *

   THE TRUE STORY

"It was February 9th, 2013.  That day, it happened.  I call it the Big Zing.  A big-time moment of clarity, followed by absolute insanity.  Some would call it Enlightenment.

Suddenly reality dumped its divine knowledge and discernment into my brains- and I've been left reveling and waving my arms in the air ever since.

 

I didn't ask for enlightenment.  You could say I avoided it as much as I could.

But reality came, saw and conquered me.  Now I feel inclined to speak with people about what's really going on here.

 

This realization that everything is divine has transformed me from the inside out.  Fundamentally, I look at everything differently than I did before.  My artwork is about that transformation, that moment, and the idea of perpetual divinity.   

 

For years, a pervasive feeling of stuck-ness left me paralyzed and unable to create artwork for fear that I would do it wrong, I would fail, or it wouldn’t be good enough.  Then, suddenly, realizing I had all the divine, incredible, impressive inspiration at my fingertips to do quite literally anything I wanted, I set out to create “the most awesome things I had ever seen.”  Then came my gurus and goddesses.

 

My ‘inner’ transformation and my new artworks go completely hand-in-hand.  Seeing what I have seen, and now knowing what I know about the nature of reality, my artwork will forever be about this hilarious glorious thing we call life.  About realization, coincidence, irony, beauty, devotion, god, and the morning coffee.  I am Enlightenment Barbie, and she is me - and we are present in all these gurus portrayed in the artwork.  Everything is divine.

 

I'm telling a soul story.  My pieces put forth a moment of strength, vulnerability, passion, and pure being-ness.  Sometimes, in reality, those things collide, and it glows with an honesty about our very human, yet very divine condition.  My pieces capture those moments, those of wonder, excitement, rest, interest, glory, fear, and truth.  Perfection.

There is a mysteriousness about seeing and experiencing that I have always loved.  It is ephemeral.  There's a strangeness about the way these qualities all bubble up and sparkle away at any given moment.  It is divine, and humans and places and spaces seem to carry that all with them."

 

 

 

Gillian Keller, a self-taught photographer, was born in San Francisco, raised in Montana and Washington, and attended the University of Idaho where she studied painting and mixed media sculpture.  Continually fascinated by capturing thought (something which cannot be captured), her painting, sculpture and film work focused on transitions of emotion together with handwriting.  She discovered photography in 2005 in her college dorm room, and played with abstract textures and objects for years.  After graduating from the University of Idaho, she moved straight back to San Francisco and was given her first DSLR.  She taught herself to shoot using manual, and now enjoys exploring concepts of human thought and emotion while living and working in San Francisco's Mission District.

 

AT STARTUP ART FAIR SAN FRANCISCO 2017.  PHOTO BY ALAN BLAMBERGER.

SAN FRANCISCO AESTHETICS

CHUCK CLOSE GLIMPSING MY ART AT CONCEPTION MIAMI

* THE ARTIST'S BRAIN *

   The Process, the Person, the Inspiration

 

- My current self portraiture project (2017, 2018 and onward) is meant to turn my divine gaze inward, and draw archetypes out of my self - out of my mind, my soul, and using my own body as the figure in my new pieces.  The new work is almost a visual journaling exercise, intending to unpack the simultaneously beautiful and terrible spiritual experiences that come from being a human being, in a human body, with a human consciousness.  My work explores the different sides of myself and requires me to think deeply about the dichotomy that exists inside me, even as I appear to be a unified whole.

- I start by taking a ton of photos.  I photograph objects, scenery, plants, architecture, and human beings.  Currently, I am working almost exclusively in self-portraiture, where previously my subjects had been other women and men.

 

- I edit photos, and create digital mockups of my compositions.  My newer work is almost exclusively hand painted - but my older work (2017 and older) was hand cut collage.   I'd order archival prints of my photographs and all my digital layers, then cut them out arduously by hand, and lay them out.  Once I had finalized my layout, I'd meticulously glue down each individual hand cut collage element.

-My pieces are finished with a UV resistant resin for that luscious shine.

 

- I work with my own photographs, public domain images, magazine clippings, aluminum foil, glitter, scrapbook papers, duct tape, gold paint, brass tacks, acrylic paints, and dollar store oddities.  Oh yeah, and that pesky resin finish.

- Music, lucid dreams, Astral travel, the psychedelic experience, tarot and magick,  and the divine everyday inspire my artwork.

 

- I wear heels a lot.  And leather.  And snake print.  And fur.

 

- Religious paintings and iconography from all traditions, as well as their shrines and altars, inspire me.  My current work blends the influence of  traditional Tarot, Italian Renaissance, Egyptian Occult Symbolism, my desert property in Pioneertown, CA, and images I see during my inadvertent Astral Travel  and dream experiences.  Living in the Mission and having traveled to Mexico many times when I was young has endowed me with a marked appreciation of Mayan Mythology, Dia De Los Muertos imagery and the Virgin of Guadalupe.  I also love psychedelic rock posters and the music that goes with it, as well as the psychedelic 60's and 70's aesthetic.

-I listen to music and youtube documentaries while I work- mostly about cults, ghotsts, Aleister Crowley, the expansion of the universe and the origins of Christianity.

 

- Oysters, skulls, crystals, colored glass, wine, sunflowers, al-fresco dining, cracks in the pavement, neo-psychedellic rock, the severity of the desert, and the city lights are some of my favorite daily experiences.  San Francisco is my first true love.

- I'm a Leo and an INTJ personality type.

 

Questioner:

"ARE THOSE YOUR 

SPIRITUAL SHOES?"

Answer : 'Why yes, I find that 6-inch heels lift me up closer to HEAVEN.'

 

Can we cut the crap?  Nothing is more or less divine than anything else.  No devotion is necessary.  No respect can be given by wearing certain types of clothing, burning certain candles, chanting certain mantras.  If you want to impress reality, be your damn self.  Be true to whatever tendency expresses.

Fake nails?  ---------------------------------  cool.

Hair extensions? --------------------------  go for it.

Platform heels?  ---------------------------  the bomb.

Lipstick?  Fur coats?  Cursing?  ------  nailed it.

 

Divinity is always present, and it requires nothing from you.  So yes.  You'll see me in heels. Guaranteed.

 

I MODEL FOR OTHER ARTISTS SOMETIMES TOO.

POSING WITH MY PORTRAIT AT ART MIAMI 2014

MYSELF AND MY WORK.

WITH MY HUSBAND, AT MY FIRST EXHIBITION