Capturing & Preserving Memories – Paintings by Artist Kristin Texeira
My creativity has been slightly lacking as of late. I tend to dip in and out of a creative streak, and at this moment in time I feel like I’ve hit a particular plateau. I’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t be successful in your creative endeavours without constant application of self. You have to take time out and dedicate yourself to the process, a consistent effort to do work even when you’re not necessarily feeling up to it. So I’ve started to make my schedule fit around the creative aspects of my work, which in turn drew me to this work by American artist Kristin Texeira.
Kristin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her paintings are vibrant and abstract, using contrasting colours to depict certain moments in her life. Although not physical representations of the memory itself, she uses blocks of paint, collage, sketching and writing to retell the stories from her point of view. Retelling stories in such a way is interesting because I think it’s a simple starting point for any budding artist. All you need to do is pick up a set of paints and put some strokes down on a canvas. Obviously Kristin and her own style and aesthetic taste that she’s developed over many years, but the simplicity in her idea is still evident and is very inspiring to see.
Personally, I like her use of colour, but I also sense the graphical nature of the work and it reminds me of those vintage posters and other media that Charles and Ray Eames were producing in their prime. Simple shapes with bright colours, you can’t really go wrong. I hope you like these and will view more of her work on her website, she’s a real talent.