Vogue Model and Artist Christina Kruse

This week on Upstate Diary Christina Kruse talks about her necessity to create her own structures.


UD: How do new ideas come to you?

CK: Well, usually it starts when I notice a structure that provokes a thought or two or when I notice a structure that’s structurally unsound or has fallen. It could be through a conversation or while driving-there is a lot of thinking in the car. I continuously create 3 dimensional objects in my mind, draw them, and if I like them, eventually start building.

I used to take a lot of pictures, which I don’t do much anymore.

UD: Why is that?

CK: I have come to realize that I like to work with my hands. I like moving things and building things, which I’ve only really discovered since I turned another garage into a studio 3 or 4 years ago.

I have also discovered a great love for cement–mixing and coloring cement. Wood and metal are two other materials I have come to really like to work with since being here.

UD: So it’s actually not the structure as an object, it’s the emotional construct?

CK: Yes, to turn that process or result into objects–something that I can build and explore. Usually, it’s in forms of graphic elements, squares, triangles, circles–simple geometric shapes that each represent a function to me and that I need in order to build these structures.

For colors, I tend to work with black, white and grey and to utilize, for example, brass as a “supporting beam” to allow the structure to rest upon. The core requires a sense of stability or, in paintings, a confinement of sorts. There are instances where I’ve used red and yellow. Red is quite emotionally to me–it cuts with precision. Yellow is unpredictable to me.

I’m very drawn to artists like Kazimir Malevich, Kandinsky and Calder–particularly Malevich–whom investigated the state of being rather then the object itself.

When work is related to structure I need to see it. What happens within can be a royal mess but it needs an aspect of containment.

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