Gabrielle Gregoire

Film Production, 2021

Gabrielle Gregoire is a multidisciplinary award-winning artist, completing her BA in Arts (Film Production) at the Univeristy of Canberra. Her multicultural upbringing and past travels overseas have engendered an open mind, a love for storytelling and a passion for building bridges between people and cultures through films, abstract paintings and graphite drawings.

Gabrielle’s works have been recognised both nationally and internationally, winning ‘Best Editing in an Australian Youth Short Film’ at FlickerFest International Film Festival’s FlickerUp Competition (2021) and ‘Best Experimental Short Film’ at Berlin Shorts Award (2021) for her film La Torta – directed by Gabrielle Gregoire and Olivia Lawson in Italy, 2019.

“With a camera in my hand, I am perpetually fascinated with the world.  The camera invites me to explore the world more closely. Exploring untold stories, so that we can all live more deeply, live more completely, and create bridges between people and cultures through the power of film and art.  Whether it’s an experimental film, documentary, portrait or abstract painting, the act of visual arts encourages the world to stop and SEE. I believe film and art makes the world a more loving and connected place, and I want to be a part of that” – Gabrielle Gregoire, 2021. 

 

Gabrielle Gregoire

Selected Portfolio

'St Gabriel' - abstract painting

'St Gabriel' - abstract painting

'Archangel Gabriel' was inspired by the angel messenger herself. Archangel Gabriel works with artists and all forms of communicators. This painting is what I envision happens in other dimensions when Archangel Gabriel fills someone with a creative idea to communicate to the world, bringing colour, magic, motivation, courage, and opportunities to an artist. Mediums: Acrylic paint on canvas.

'Aquamarine : A cleansing, let go' - abstract painting

'Aquamarine : A cleansing, let go' - abstract painting

'Aquamarine : A cleansing, let go' was inspired by a long-awaited trip to the south coast after my spinal surgery. I was craving the purity of the water to cleanse and wash away all the heavy emotions that came along with my trauma. Painting 'Aquamarine : A cleansing, let go' was the catalyst for my healing journey. Medium: Acrylic paint and gold pigment powder on canvas.

Una Vita Felice - short documentary

Una Vita Felice - short documentary

"It starts with strawberries. No makeup. Riding a bike everyday and everywhere..." What is the secret to a happy life? We set out to answer this simple yet powerful question in the vibrant town of Amantea, Italy. Talking to people from over 30 different countries, many of whom had come to participate in Cinemambulante Kino Guarimba filmmaking festival in 2019. Watch 'Una Vita Felice' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv4C7AfAQ8E

Per Favore, Non Dimenticarmi (Please, Don't Forget Me) - graphite artwork

Per Favore, Non Dimenticarmi (Please, Don't Forget Me) - graphite artwork

Individuals who migrate, like my nonni (grandparents) and my papa, experience numerous stresses that can impact on their mental health, usually due to their loss of a sense of identity. As a proud granddaughter and daughter of these courageous warriors, I wanted to portray the raw emotions and migrant experience, the feeling of losing themselves, their culture, identity, their story. My Nonno (grandfather) celebrated his 82nd birthday last year. I recently turned 21, and have now understood why Nonno tells his life stories to us grandkids. I not only listen, but I also observed the way he speaks, the hand gestures, posture, and facial expressions. When my Nonno recounts his childhood memories in his small village in Calabria, Italy, his face and in fact his whole-body beams with happiness and light. I want to tell his story. I want to let other grandchildren, children or migrant's themselves know and understand the importance of telling and sharing their stories. I want to shine the light on the life of a hardworking Italian migrant who contributed greatly to the development of Canberra, for example, he laid the first brick of the foundations of the National Library of Australia. My artwork is called 'Per Favore, Non Dimenticarmi' which is Italian for 'Please Do Not Forget Me'. As the artwork is in black and white, there is a great contrast between the toned charcoal and the shades. Having the coloured tones in the background suggests that migrants’ colour, their energy, hard work, contribution to society. But, the black and white represents the colour vanishing, their true identity, their stories untold, culture is vanishing and sacrificed in search for hope. Anyone can relate to the intended feelings behind the message of 'Per Favore, Non Dimenticarmi'. There has definitely been a point in your life where you have felt as though you have lost a part of yourself, and feel as though you're fading and losing your true light. It can be interpreted however the given audience desires. And that's what I love about art. Through art, we can build bridges between people and cultures, to tell and preserve important stories, so that we can move forward as society. It is up to us! We, the children of these courageous warriors have to keep them shining, to tell their stories and maintain their colours to make the world a better place.