Saturday, February 20, 2010

Unacknowledged Magic

Unacknowledged Magic featured artwork by senior fine artists, Christine Pronkse and Sarah Valdez.

Christine Pronske's work is about recreating, constructing and deconstructing paths of self-discovery and guidance. She takes maps of a familiar place and portrays the paths that show the movement in that time and space. She feels that the places we are from and the routes we take influence who we become. We tend to appreciate a place a lot more after we are removed from it and we want to leave a mark on the places we experienced. She believes that her work has an endless process where she will constantly venture into environments and expeditions reflecting on her experiences from the past.

Sarah Valdez's paintings and featured film cherry_bomb are a reflection of the influence she has on others and the influence they have on her. The people she has chosen to paint attract her subconsciously through the way they affect their surroundings. Their energy is mysteriously altering the enviroment, and this moment strikes her as a pure reflection of their character. Her intent is to paint or film her sitters without a facade, whether they are showing one to her or not. She describes an anonymous presence that manifests from the physical body, changing her visual perception. This is the feeling she captures. She is providing a unique opportunity to reflect on the enigmatic moment now embedded in the painting or film.

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