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Play of Color
Toddler’s language is direct, emotional, and intuitive. As we learn an oral language, these skills are left in the background in order to use words and sentences as our primary language. Kristen Reichert transgresses this belief and exhibits a pictorial language that is framed in the intuitive perception and expression of women that she portrays in her paintings.
By capturing the feminine energy from the sensory and emotional perception, leaving aside the rational, Kristen manages to capture the freshness, naturalness, and sensuality in women through simple and intimate poses. Playing with close-ups on women, the viewer can absorb the strength and audacity that only a girl’s energy can emanate.
This vibration, that synaesthetically transcends the visual of the two-dimensional work and transforms it into an emotional perception, is given not only by the characters that Kristen portrays but also by the main element of her pieces: the color palette. Kristen, in her intuitive process, begins with meticulously selecting the colors for the work, which create a powerful symbiosis with her feminine characters.
Kristen’s color palettes tend to be saturated and loaded with high contrasts, which makes her pieces reminiscent of a retro-futuristic style, which evokes a future that arose in the late eighties when digital modernity gave its first steps and the influence of the neon flooded all the culture. Working with the airbrush, the texture of her paintings achieves a smooth finish that complements the sensation of strangeness evoked by the retro-futuristic aesthetics of her pieces.
By merging her fine arts studies with her experience as a graphic designer, Kristen’s style unfolds within realistic minimalism, both in the precision of the reaction she seeks in the viewer: “instant and visceral“, as she defines it, as well as in the strokes that make up its pieces, with color being the element that generates the greatest impact on the public’s senses.
Kirsten’s work is framed in this return to intuitive and sensory language that leaves aside the verbal and seeks to establish communication between the artist, viewer, and character on canvas through the sensory, since its ultimate goal is not to generate a reasoning but to establish a direct and intuitive connection that generates an immediate reaction.