2013 International Art Festival

Artist Official Entries

Valerie Crosswhite

Astoria NY USA
With these paintings, I am exploring playful and unusual relationships, and the fantasies about relationships that we as humans allow ourselves to entertain. I’m interested in events that occur when we are not looking—are they magical, naughty, quotidian, or something else? I am inclined to think all of the above, but imagine that what occurs in these spaces is fundamentally different than when someone is looking. The intersection of fantasy and the unseen represents a secret life: vibrant, yet imperceptible. As an artist, I want to portray these unseen moments of unbelievable strangeness and heart-crushing beauty. Materials have their own inner lives and messy loveliness—experimentation with colors and patterns is an expression of that juxtaposition. The finished product hopefully contains the rhizome of that fantasy, and despite all improbable fancy, a quality that rings true.
© Valerie Crosswhite | Chocolate Bunny 3592
2013 Painting | Chocolate Bunny
oil on canvas, 12 x 12", 2011
© Valerie Crosswhite | Not Dreaming 3591
2013 Painting | Not Dreaming
oil on canvas, 36 x 36", 2012
© Valerie Crosswhite | We Live To Serve You Always 3593
2013 Painting | We Live To Serve You Always
oil on canvas, 12 x 12", 2011
© Valerie Crosswhite | Bunny 3595
2013 Painting | Bunny
oil on canvas, 24 x 24", 2011