Gillian Blanchette/Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience Company produces hand painted and hand printed portraits of notable figures in society with their own words in a calligraphic style.

I am inspired by words and their connection to how they make us feel; whether it be song lyrics, poems, quotes or fragments of ideas. I want people to look at each personae apart from how they are recognized in the public eye.

By creating portraits with words, I found myself able to connect with the subject matter in a way that is unrestrained and unrefined. As such, I find it enables the viewer to look deeper into the persons whom I have portrayed, as well.

I seek to forge a bond between the words and the audience but, most importantly, I hope my work inspires people to appreciate and to celebrate each other’s lives – collectively or otherwise.

I work with a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, screen printing, installation art, textile and film.