Kristin Texeria's paintings aim to "capture, document, and preserve memories". Her work translates the essence of moments and the feeling of familiarity through use of color and form. In particular, Texeria tells her stories through the mediums of paint, collage, drawing and writing. Each of her paintings hold a deep, indiscernible meaning which preserve a memory as a tangible "Memory Map." She often writes poetic captions below the 'vague' paintings to add a context to the works which, while focusing on a singular, poignant moment, leaves much to the viewers' interpretation.
"Colour is what I see when I hear music, taste wine, or read the titles of short stories. It is how I decipher new places when traveling, and the people I meet along the way. Through color I am trying to remedy nostalgia; my paintings are the vessels that ferry viewers back in time, so they can encounter a moment again and again."
Scott Sueme is a Canadian artist based in Vancouver. He works between graphic design and painting. He started out working in 2011 in the graffiti subculture and since his work has developed towards a more graphic, minimalist approach to painting. His palette artfully balances bright vibrant colours with pastel tones, stark whites and harsh blacks. All of the above pieces are from his most recent show 'Retreat'. The paintings have an essence of summer landscapes, blossoms on trees and summer seascapes.
Sarajo Frieden makes work influenced by the diverse communities of the California Pacific Rim where she grew up. On her travels to Asia, North Africa, Australia, Central and South America, she has built up a strong visual vocabulary to provide inspiration for her work, which references the art of world cultures. Her palette is bright and playful, her final compositions reminiscent of landscapes, but focusing on motifs as opposed to an accurate visual representation.
Jordana Henry lives and works from her small studio on the North Coast of Australia. Using acrylics, watercolour and ink, she paints simple forms with the core belief that "less is always more". She believes that "a painting on a wall can change the entire mood of a room" and that belief is echoed in her paintings which seem to harness on ethereal energy, brightening the space they inhabit. Henry majored in printmaking but 'taught' herself to paint as she explains that it wasn’t easy to find access to a printing press after her graduation.
"I like to think that my artworks are all about process rather then product. It is the “doing” part that makes the work conceptual. It begins with the choice of canvas. I have a love affair with beautifully made paper and materials. Once the canvas is chosen then the marks made and colours chosen are really just an intuitive response to whatever is inspiring me at that point in time."
Kayla Plosz's (mainly) square paintings are beautiful compositions of bold colors and raised, painterly marks. The final outcomes are visually appealing, playful and rich with texture. Plosz paints in a “call and response” method that many abstract painters share: making a mark, responding to it. As an artist she writes that she is "motivated by color and the materiality of paint...my process is an ongoing dialectic between my initial and intuitive bodily response to color and texture and my more heady or logical decisions regarding form".