Atlanta, GA

Christina has been making art since before she can remember. It was always her first love in school and so she decided to pursue it all her life. She went to University of Florida and received her BFA in Drawing, where she experimented with a lot of different media and explored concepts of family and femininity. Now eight years later, Christina is still exploring identity but in a new context and with acrylic ink on paper.

Creativity is work. You have to constantly be pushing through self-doubt and fear, to just do it. Even if what you do is a total flop, the process can only move forward if you move forward. So Christina's process begins with a ritual – making coffee, putting on music, sitting with everything laid out before her. She has to do this to set her mind up for taking risks on the paper. Then she just… goes!

Her work is both delicate and bold, with lots of fluid movement and balanced serenity. Most of it is abstracted inspiration from nature (blooms, the ocean). She tries to let moments of spontaneity be the driving force for the composition.

Right now Christina is really inspired by music and dance. Other art forms will always have an influence on her, she views her painting as a sort of rhythmic dance that she does. She recently created a playlist for herself called “painting sounds” because she wanted to collect songs that sounded like what she is thinking her paintings look like. It’s been really motivating to listen to that playlist and discover that most of the song on there are piano-based, with big sweeping scores. It’s a great soundtrack to her work.

Christina's Asian heritage plays a big part in her paintings, but she doesn't always like to discuss it or put it at the forefront. She is still exploring the nature of her mark and how it is influenced by Chinese and Japanese calligraphy – it began as a totally subconscious element, much like how she feels her “Asian-ness” is a subconscious element of her identity. Now that she is becoming aware of it, everything really makes a lot of sense. The way Asian calligraphers think of their mark is very similar to how Christina thinks of her own; a mark is imbued with energy. It captures the rarity of a single moment of being. It’s impossible to make the same mark twice because you are always changing, always evolving.

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