Artwork / 2024

art and civil disobedience at the Alexauken Creek Spillway Bridge in the D&R Canal State Park, New Jersey rainbow bandaid design by Gwenn Seemel colorful drawing of James Baldwin by nonbinary artist Gwenn Seemel self-portrait by nonbinary artist Gwenn Seemel beautiful landscape painting of Phillips’ Mill in New Hope, illustration by Lambertville artist Gwenn Seemel author Carmen Machado painted in acrylic on canvas

This year, along with keeping up my usual studio practice, I’ve been engaging in some artistic civil disobedience and finally finishing Everything’s Fine, a project about mental health that I’ve been working on since 2021. I’m still putting the coloring book version of the series together, but the free high school art lesson plan that’s based on the paintings is now available!

lesson plan for high school art class: Surreal Self-portraits
lesson plan by Gwenn Seemel

In this lesson, students will create images along the lines of the paintings in this series, communicating who they are and how they feel about the world through surreal self-portraiture.

Take a quick look at the lesson plan here or download the PDF, and be sure to tell all the high school art teachers you know!


Free PDF

Jersey Collective sticker machine
photos courtesy of the Jersey Collective

What’s more, in 2024, my art is part of the Jersey Collective’s Sticker Club, a lovely initiative by Kerri Sullivan (pictured above) that promotes the art of New Jersey artists via a traveling coin-operated machine. My sticker is this nutty little squirrel, which was originally an illustration for a book about questioning copyright that you can download for free.