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CSA Artist Spotlight: Gabriella Corter

Introducing the Artspace CSA, a new way to buy local and support artists. Eight Artspace member artists were selected to participate in our first CSA. Each will produce a series of 50 works of art; the resulting 50 shares of the CSA contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.


How long have you been an Artspace member? I’ve been a member for a couple of years, but I have been teaching at Artspace for longer than that. I teach in the summer and in the fall I teach grade 5 through the educational outreach.

How and when did you become an artist? My mother was an artist and I always wanted to make art. She told me I shouldn’t do it, so I did a BA in English Literature. I couldn’t resist though, so I went to art school at Ontario College of Art and Design. I moved from Canada to North Carolina and found Artspace.

Tell us a little bit about your process. I make clay balls and place them in a form and then I make plaster. I pour the liquid into the form and when the plaster sets I can just pull the balls out. I then make model people and paint them and I hide the people inside the sculpture and pose them in a funny or interesting position.

What can shareholders expect from your contribution to the CSA? Each of my sculptures will be approximately the same size, but each one will be different. The process that I use means that each piece is unique and each of the figurines will be different. They can expect the same style of piece throughout, but no two pieces will be the same.


What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? It’s great that I was chosen to participate. I would like to try out being a 3D artist more. I am always painting and doing photography, but I’ve been getting interested in sculpture. It’s great because it makes me feel like my sculpture actually appeals to people. As an artist you never really know what people want or what people like. You want to make things that you like, but you never know if someone is going to want it or not. I really like making these and it’s neat to think that people want them.

What do you hope to get out of this experience? As I’m making these, it might put me on a path to a different type of sculpture. I’m really looking forward to meeting other artists and people that like art because I don’t often get to meet the people that actually buy art. You put it in a gallery and somebody buys it and you might get their name in the mail when you get an invoice, but even if you do you don’t know who they are. It will be neat to see what kind of people are buying my work.

Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know. I make hot sauce every year of peppers from our garden. We always grow the hottest pepper in the world in our garden every year. I love animals.


About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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