Dear friend Christina has a new show opening this Friday at the Architrouve gallery, with two of her fellow fine art conservationists from Joel Oppenheimer.
From the gallery: "The attention to meticulous detail as a conservator combined with ... intuitive skills of an artist exemplifies the three superior artists exhibiting for the first time together."
Christina's paintings are mysterious and mesmerizing, based on minute observation of the natural world that produces images so intense, they are nearly spiritual. A purple flower of the herb borage, lit by the glow of a paper lantern and suspended over water; a ghostly boat under a foreboding sky; stardust and cellular membranes. Her watercolors compel us to consider the slightest tug of a silken strand, the hush of waves, stillness.
She has recently expanded her usual tiny canvas by several inches - I teased her and asked her if she had to start using brushes with more than five hairs.
The show runs through November 18th. Come see her beautiful work.
Meticulous Detail: Conservator's Paintings. The Architrouve, 1433 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.