Painting Gets a Soul

Kristin Calabrese, Surrender, 2013, oil on canvas, 52 x 67 inches (courtesy of B
Kristin Calabrese, Surrender, 2013, oil on canvas, 52 x 67 inches (courtesy of Brennan & Griffin)

Kristin Calabrese considers the persistent power and potential of painting.

Calabrese comments: "Painting is a magic, fetishized ritual object. It is a place where for some length of time the hand, eye and energy of the artist is focused. More energy is focused in one place than can be looked at in an instance. I think that is one of the reasons for it’s power. ... I feel like I should be tearing everything apart and putting it back together in ways I haven’t seen and making it become something or seeing something it is becoming. I don’t believe we’re consciously smart enough to make a great painting in a totally linear way. Something has to happen in-between, a dream, a vision, a flash of insight. Otherwise the painting isn’t important – isn’t art."