Most of us, including, most artists, are able to repress Qur unconciousness. In fact, much of our working life is spent in developing defenses which function as a barrier between our unconcious and concious senses of self. Ms. Gardner has permitted her dark side to encroach upon her waking life. However, she has structured the creative imagination. She has painted it.
Many images appear charming and naive. Her portraits of the elderly are loving and tender. However, other images are turgid with suggestive and menacing forms, approximating a frightened child's primitive vision of the world.
Ms. Gardner's canvasses express a genuinely original talent. Superficially her paintings have the charm and naivete of a Rousseau, but there is an uneasy, troubling undercurrent of feeling in these pieces which warrants the attention o.f serious art lovers and of anyone who wishes to discover a secret dimension in himself.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Atlantic Richfield Corporation Southern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University
Associated American Artists Gallery,
Terrain Gallery, N.Y.C.
Suzuki Graphics, N.Y.C.
Hansen Gallery, N.Y.C.
Silvermine 10th Annual Print Exhibition,
Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, III. Print Cabinet, Wilton, Conn.