Christine Stettner

Scope of the Movement, 2016
Acrylic on Canvas
39.5” x 31.5”

The works of way outwards toward the margins of a picture frame. Her paintings, Christine Stettner center on the figure, but then work their which are often rendered in acrylic, seem to capture the process of seeing figures emerge from the act of painting, only to foreground them against an endlessly receding backdrop. Within this dream-like setting, startling associations—between person and person, or person and objects—occur that lead viewers to question the objectivity stability of the realities they encounter everyday. A frame is no longer a frame in Stettner’s work, but a portal leading the viewer into secret visas of pas and future time.

In Stettner’s movement away from the figure, different painterly materials, textured surfaces, and fluid variations of shape wrap her subjects in a psychedelic sheen. Her works feel symbolic—even if they depict dreams or are informed by memories. This air of symbolism is made possible by the familiarity of her figures, whose faces are often left blank, as though mirroring the subjectivity of a viewer who might feel equally accosted by the surreal landscapes which environ Stettner’s figures.