From her youth, Gornik has loved being alone with the wilderness, and her experience of feeling at one with this environment has proven a great inspiration for her work. In fact, the coexistence of artificial and natural elements in Gornik’s artwork reflects her relationship with natural landscapes - simultaneously enthralled by and desiring to control them.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1953, she received her B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1976. In 1981, art dealer Ed Thorp hosted Gornik’s first solo exhibition, having unexpectedly taken to her landscapes while viewing paintings by her husband, Eric Fischl. Examples of her work are currently in the collections of major museums around the country, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Nasher Museum of Art.
Gornik artistic accomplishments have been recognized by numerous awards, such as the Neuberger Museum of Art Annual Honoree (2004), the 18th Annual Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), and the Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS from the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Gornik currently lives and works in New York City.
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