Cristina Marian | Studio 22 Cristina Marian Art Painting and installation
My practice focuses on reconstruction of my life through the eyes of childhood, by transforming events and situations experienced through wonder, discovery, contrast and confrontation. The main inspiration for this is that at one point in my life I lost contact with childhood. The home in rural Romania where I grew up burned down, destroying everything – clothes, photos, books, toys, and the world I knew. In my paintings I combine images that evoke collective memory, the uncanny, and snippets of conversations in an intuitive process. While the surrealists relate dream and reality, my aim is to create perceptual experiences that are more visceral, rhythmic and universal. Through experimentation and chance operations I respond to the relationships that evolve as metaphors for the human condition. By surrendering control of the surface, the balance of incident and intention come into play. Though images begin as unpredictable and unstable, almost random, at a certain point, messages and reveal themselves. I see connections between past and present. A different light, a feeling, an image, a conversation can change everything. As I combine media in innovative and less conventional ways, I maintain a childlike perspective in building work that explore ideas of the familiar and the mysterious. Layered abstraction, arbitrary forms and intuitive marks inform discovery. The narrative is maturing to become immersive and generative of encounter.