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Our Shared Past: Highlight on Christina Foard



Written by Nicole Gaudier

 Statement from the Artist:

“Although my background training focused on classic and gestural figurative work, I have remained most curious and engaged by painting imagined worlds through abstract forms. I see patterns in land, in people, in spaces which motivate me to respond to my surroundings. My emotional stirrings are reflected in my paintings as well: sensations of falling, flying, floating, sinking, dangling, being trapped, or completely still.

Painting has been a pathway to open and react to memories; and when necessary, reframe and resolve them. Every decision and mark on the canvas changes the entire structure, and I enter into a new puzzle to solve. Therefore, I vacillate between analytical assessment and intuitive response. Letting go of controlled outcomes is a repeated theme in my life philosophy and painting evolution. Taking risks with my materials allows for surprising results and unplanned spaces, and over time a specific language of symbols emerges– affording me a liberated freedom to create my stories without words.”

Christina Foard, The Stacked Wait, 2013, from the film still Picnic in the Trees, Oil on canvas

Christina Foard, The Stacked Wait, 2013, from the film still Picnic in the Trees, Oil on canvas

Christina Foard‘s work  The Stacked Wait will be in the Our Shared Past exhibition, on view in the Stein Gallery from December 17, 2013 to May 25, 2014.

There will be artist appearances at the Stein Gallery January through April. Each Saturday, artists from the exhibition will be in the Gallery from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Others will make appearances throughout the day on Weaver Free Saturdays, and on Tuesday evenings during the exhibition.

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