I am drawn to geometry, symmetry, pattern, and diagram, and my paintings are acts of locating meaning in their messages.
Merging elements of expressionism and minimalism, I use color, form, texture, and line to create paintings that are at once exuberant and contained, emotional and logical. The tension that arises from this opposition drives both the subject and the process of my work.
My process starts intuitively with irregular applications of texture and rich layers of color. White frames forms, establishes patterns, and initiate ideas. In the final stages, I use line to interpret and locate meaning. I rub out, carve back into, or stain the surface to reveal new reference points or to skew underlying structures. New marks, scars, and lines trail from forms and connect them. This navigation between the emotional, rational, and historical layers of a painting takes on an imperfect logic all its own. For me, this is beauty.
Christine Crockett is a visual artist and teacher based in the San Francisco bay area. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibits throughout California, and holds an MFA degree in poetry.