Artist Interview: Kristina Racey

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
I was always tucked away in my room, cre­at­ing entire worlds on paper. I loved draw­ing cas­tles and princess­es, of course with a uni­corn thrown in for good measure.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
I’m going to be very hon­est; I nev­er felt com­fort­able call­ing myself an artist until the past few years. Com­ing out of a long alco­holic stu­por and step­ping into the Artist I was tru­ly meant to be has been a ter­ri­fy­ing, over­whelm­ing, and pow­er­ful jour­ney. This is the first time in my life I’ve tru­ly been com­fort­able call­ing myself an artist. Every day that I cre­ate some­thing new, it gains more and more momen­tum. Every new skill I gain, tech­nique I learn, and exper­i­ment I try solid­i­fies this feel­ing of call­ing myself an artist.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
I am still cur­rent­ly evolv­ing, but the jour­ney to sobri­ety over the past few years has revealed a deep spir­i­tu­al res­o­nance with uplift­ing peace, heal­ing, soft­ness, and redemp­tion. I am pow­er­ful­ly drawn to imagery that all these words con­vey. I want to bring that out in my artwork.
What is your process like?
I think a lot about col­or and what time of year it is. What col­ors rep­re­sent the sea­son and then I pour.. As it dries, I get a sense of shape, neg­a­tive space, and what else might enhance the shape and feel of the pour. What do I want to say? How does it make me feel?
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
Truth be told, I didn’t have an artist’s state­ment until very recently.
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
It can be hard to con­trol paint pours, how they end up is what I have to work with. Being some­one who tends to try and con­trol that out­come, this can be hard to do. I have to tame the per­fec­tion­ist whin­ing inside of me and just enjoy watch­ing it shift and flow. This is good for learn­ing to let go and just sim­ply play with it.
Where do you see your work going from here?
I am still learn­ing, and behind the scenes, I am tak­ing online art class­es and curi­ous to see what direc­tion that will take me. Because I had let my artis­tic skills atro­phy for so long, I felt it nec­es­sary to take class­es and relearn much of what was lost or I nev­er made the time or effort to devel­op. I was always so intim­i­dat­ed by oil paint­ing (and I have no idea why), so I decid­ed to take on that chal­lenge.
Oth­er­wise, I see my work going more and more towards com­bin­ing abstract paint pours with col­lage ele­ments, real­ism, and some sten­cils. Pos­si­bly elim­i­nat­ing the need for sten­cil in time. Right now, I have a huge paint pour that just dried and I’m start­ing to work on pulling out shapes I see in that one.