Gablik, who has lived in London for almost twenty years, is a writer, critic, teacher, and lecturer as well as a collage artist. She received a B.A. from Hunter College, where she studied with Robert Motherwell, and worked briefly at Black Mountain College in the early 1950s. Throughout her career as a visual artist she has explored collage — pasting photographs cut from magazines, garden catalogues, and other popular media sources onto canvas and altering and uniting the images with paint. Gablik, who is fascinated with unusual connections, juxtaposes unlikely elements in her work — an Indian Buddha figure seated in a primeval swamp, for example, is combined with a pair of crocodiles and a tangle of snakes to create imaginary worlds that are curious blends of primordial and science-fiction fantasies.
Virginia M. Mecklenburg Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Museum of American Art, 1987)