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Artist Statement

 

I'm obsessed, perhaps to an unhealthy degree, with organization. I respond to patterns because their organization gives me a sense of control over what I observe. I read design blogs everyday and obsess over any catalog I get in the mail that references or incorporates the patterns that somehow calm me. This realization formed the basis of my love for design, especially textiles. Attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, I was immersed in great design (Charles and Ray Eames were residents there, and it was designed by Eliel Saarinen). Ever since, it has remained a huge part of my life. It's an influence on my work that is impossible to deny. Through referencing design, my work seeks to comment on and complicate notions surrounding modern consumer culture. My paintings usurp the imagery and objects found in Ikea, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn catalogs. Their familiar visual language is recognized by the viewer, but offered in an unusual setting and format-painting them onto a canvas. The act of flattening the objects in those catalogs onto canvas takes away their practical use value, complicating and confusing the nature of the desire for the initial object. My paintings subvert the sometimes tenuous relationship between art and design, viewer and consumer. By personalizing and reifying consumer forms, it critiques the modernist notion that experts are best at designing the thing which ought to be commercialized, distributed and purchased. The goal of my work is for viewers to reconsider their relationship with design and commerce and to reappropriate the desire that those images, objects and patterns exert.

 

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Christina Muraczewski has an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Christina lives and works in Santa Fe Art Colony in downtown Los Angeles. She has exhibited in New York at Jen Bekman Gallery and in Los Angeles at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Sabina Lee Gallery, fakespace LA and the Brewery Project. She had her first solo show at HAUS Gallery in Pasadena, CA, in 2003. Her work has been included in several major collections, including the West Collection.