“Only through discipline is there freedom in art. Only through expressing the integrity of underlying structure is there power in art.”
Gina Caspi creates art that expresses the beauty and profound power of visual relationships orchestrated into a singular idea. Based in the belief that the result of discipline is freedom, Gina executes concepts through rigorous research and exploration into the development of form, the meticulous paring down to essential elements, and their organization into an integrated, thematic whole.
Gina’s body of work has been recognized internationally, and is often cited for its evocative and narrative, story-telling qualities. At times assuming figurative forms of horses, birds, angels or imaginative creatures. Her art is at once whimsical and penetrating, modern and ancient, realistic and mythical. Above all, each piece conveys the universal and underlying theme of abstract and harmonious visual relationships.
Gina’s pursuit of the aesthetic directions in industrial design draws upon her previous studies and interests in classical dance, and the choreography of pure form, color, and movement in three-dimensional space. As a graduate student at Pratt Institute and later faculty member, Gina was deeply inspired and influenced by her teacher, mentor, and friend, Rowena Reed Kostellow, one of the most recognized design educators and writers of the 20th century. Through this formative association, Gina developed her disciplined process, keen sense of visual perception, and innovative problem solving; Gina now honors and imparts the legacy of Rowena’s structural approach to industrial design and the visual arts through her own artwork and teaching.
Gina received her Masters of Industrial Design (1980) from Pratt Institute and her Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design from Hofstra University (1975). She is currently a full professor in the department of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute and Graduate School of Art, where she has taught for 26 years. Her courses, Foundation in 3D and Graduate Industrial Design, further advance the fundamentals of visual relationships.