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Kristen Gossler


Kristen Gossler

"Poignently Obscure", 2008, 48x36, aqueous pigment and acrylic resin on panel


I build each composition with a cacophony of marks and layers of color and texture that ultimately are resolved by my minimal aesthetic of symbolism.

The frenetisism of the armature of the under painting is always ultimately answered by an organic unity.

When successful, this aesthetic at once defines complexity and simplicity. i.e.: mathematically defining a complicated system in the context of a simpler one. This allows me to express the images that have become fixed forms in my psyche.

Because these forms are represented by the natural world, through repetition and invention in society, the viewer is subliminally and instantly familiar with my visual language. This creates a sense of comfort for each viewer, thus allowing an associative value and a personal truth to be formed.

The unconscious use of these symbols is not art - it is the cognitive filter of the artist that gives these paintings relevance and meaning as a body of work. The work must be self referential and intrinsically expressive.

--Kristen Gossler




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