Kristin Calabrese: Interview

Kristin Calabrese, Depth of Field, 2013, oil on linen, 78 x 66 inches (courtesy
Kristin Calabrese, Depth of Field, 2013, oil on linen, 78 x 66 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Julia Schwartz interviews painter Kristin Calabrese about her work and career.

Calabrese remarks: "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." Commenting on "the formal qualities of the painting vs. the imagery," she notes "I think those are really just separate things in my mind. The formal content of the painting certainly does give the imagery weight in particular directions, but the places in my brain that think about these things are separate. Maybe that is why painting operates like dreaming for me, making a space for the images to be but not having to go after the images in a linear way – instead focusing more on the more formal aspects of how to construct a painting."