Painting as a monument to thoughts, Kristin Calabrese

Kristin Calabrese was interviewed by Julia Schwartz, Figure/Ground Communication, at the beginning of the year. They talked about her work, her 'hole' series, source material, realism and artistic influences.

I think realism is particularly important to me because I was raised in a dysfunctional family where all the players acted in typical dysfunctional ways. An extreme example – my Dad was physically and explosively violent towards me. Weeks, days or even minutes later, my Mom would deny that the experience had ever happened. It was like that with everything. I was constantly told that something hadn’t been said that had; something hadn’t happened that had indeed happened.
For me, painting is a concrete monument to the thoughts, ideas, and feelings that I put on the canvas. The viewer cannot say something isn’t there or true or didn’t happen because it’s right there in plain sight.
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Kristin Calabrese, installation of Hole paintings
Kristin Calabrese, installation of Hole paintings


Kristin Calabrese Art as Bandaid, 2011 oil on linen 84 x 84 inches



detail, Kristin Calabrese, Art as Bandaid

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