Storytelling & Illustration
Stories can change people.
I was saved once, by a story. In the absence of emotional care and connection as a child, stories gave me the values that would help me change my life for the better. Stories have the potential to raise children in the midst of detrimental home dynamics. It is rewarding to know that through my work I can give others hope for a better world and future in even the most difficult circumstances. It is my purpose to make possible what can only be understood through storytelling.
I have become increasingly interested in all aspects of the storytelling process, which means I have developed a taste for animation, music composition, and acting. Naturally, as my practice grows there will always be spillover and expansion into other related areas.
A shy 10-year old boy discovers a mansion in the woods and it's sole occupant, a ghost. While he learns the intricacies of friendship, and she come to terms with her death, the two learn that their newly formed bond may not last forever. I Find You, You Find Me asks what children can teach us about love and loss when they are powerfully at war with one another.
This 180 page story is currently in the process of being illustrated in full color with watercolor and gouache.
Accompanying my career aspiration as a writer and illustrator, I have always retained my appreciation for all aspects of a visually adapting written work. There is something immersive about animation that is impossible to convey in a paper book. For this reason, I am constantly expanding my reach into all aspects of film work whether it's animation, music composition, or acting.
Illustrated and painted landscapes local to my city, during travel, or from imagination. Some are completed on hand-dyed homemade recycled paper, and others are painted with gouache, watercolor, and acrylic.
No matter how far I delve into the imaginative worlds I create in writing and illustration, I remain inspired to create fine artwork. The bodies of my fine artwork are a culmination of all aspects of myself, my experiences, and conscious explorations. The work is bound to shift in feeling, theme, and concept no differently than my emotions or path through life.
January - May 2019
Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm is a collection of fifty poems and fifteen small abstract paintings. Collected over four years, the work examines the nature of memory, change, and relationships. Sky is in the process of creating a limited edition of 5" x 7" hand bound books, as well as formally publishing copies by 2020.
February - March 2019
Water and Steam exhibited in the co-curated exhibition Metal, Water, and Steam by Sky Gelbron and Myah Wyse. Water and Steam consists of seven small abstracts created from up-cycled art scraps.
September - December 2018
These intaglio printed pieces took place in the exhibition, I See You See Me, co-curated by Myah Wyse and Sky Gelbron at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.
The work embodies the idea that the human subconscious is actively at work when least expected and expresses it's recesses through inescapable regressions, especially to childhood.
October 2016 - August 2017
Sky completed a six month artist in residency in 2016 and 2017 at a program called Moriumius in Ogatsu, Japan, which is organized for sustainability and cultural preservation after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. While exhibiting work in west coast galleries, they created work for the Moriumius facilities, T-Shirt designs for the staff, and worked to better the lives of farm animals. To learn about my experience, please visit my blog.
Moriumius is a unique, one-of-a-kind program interested in educating others on the importance of sustainability and respecting nature. If you are interested in learning about rural Japanese life and Moriumius's mission, please visit: http://moriumius.jp/en/
UNCSA and Earlier Work
Sky was given the opportunity to attend UNCSA high school visual arts program. While completing the two year art program, Sky studied under the guidance of Will Taylor and Pam Griffin. As a UNCSA student, Sky attained many academic accomplishments and continues to connect with younger artists at UNCSA. To see more, please visit their CV.