Plants, from the series Of a Circular Nature, 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 20 inches in diameter.
Gorsen writes about her work, "I have painted in several styles and mediums over the years, primarily in figurative, collage and abstract work. In my recent paintings, I focus on how the commonality of shared patterns connects people together by using symbolism. I explore this through a duality of abstraction and representation. The abstraction comes in the form of vibrant and dynamic geometric compositions that upon further exploration reveals elements of the familiar and commonplace. I consider these representational components; some are recognizable and others that are symbolic interpretations of various facets of the human experience such as language, technology, spirituality, environment, culture, etc. These components are surrounded and injected with the strong lines on the canvas which bridge and connect them together, illustrating how these elements form a shared, communal bond."
Phyllis Gorsen, born in Philadelphia, PA, works in a mixture of abstraction and representation, focusing on how the commonality of shared patterns connects people together by using symbolism. In 2014, Gorsen received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including galleries in New York, Philadelphia, and California. Gorsen has been featured in many publications including: The Philadelphia Inquirer, ArtBlog, Create! Magazine, Not Random Art, Fresh Paint Magazine, the Courier Post and Glassworks Magazine.