Krista Harris
Painting is a very physical and sensual process for me, beginning days or weeks before I ever make a mark. Stretching canvases, mixing new colors and mediums, searching for new tools and methods of working. Each step is as integral as the application of paint and mark. I try to keep myself off-balance and my mind at bay for as long as possible. The work needs to be born from a deeper place–somewhere pure and primal...the place where mind, heart and vision blur to create a new narrative.

I embark on every painting as if it were a journey – a new destination with new languages to be translated, new waters to be crossed...where each mark becomes a new taste in my mouth, each passage of paint like a new vista I’m seeing for the first time. I want to keep the painting open to all possibilities, deviations and directions – where it’s outcome is not yet known and anything can happen. Getting things wrong is often more exciting than getting things right. Organic and architectural elements intertwine, colors become saturated or atmospheric, tangles of marks that whisper or shout are laid down, discarded, rediscovered and reconsidered. That mystery of what might be keeps the work alive for me, and becomes the map for the viewer to explore their own terrain.