Maria-Cristina Gardiner

Maria-Cristina Gardiner — Painter

I am very really happy to be part of Worcestershire Open Studios and the artist community. Having been sketching and drawing mostly all of my life, dedicating more time to this passion has been a long time coming!

I grew up in Florence where I studied art followed by 40 years in architecture in the UK and most recently the conservation of historic buildings at Bath University. I paint as an emotional response to the landscapes I see everyday, the way I think about them. From representational sketching my art is now less so and also abstract depending on what I feel.

My art practice is in the main concerned with the manmade landscape but here I find most interest in the ordinary and often unglamorous structures we all encounter daily unnoticed. These utilitarian, often brutal buildings intrigue me as I consider the passing of time and man’s attempt to modify and utilise the natural landscape. I make quick sketches of these places to capture the memory and fleeting sensation it gives me but then choose to process and explore this narrative purely in the studio.

Paintings emerge slowly, adding my own reality to the ones I observed. This time and reinvention aim to give restitution to the ordinary scenes I depict, by obscuring these buildings with elements of surrealism and abstraction I hope to offer the viewer an ambiguity they can consider and resolve themselves.

I sketch paint withy different mediums, oil or acrylic, pastels or inks. I also really enjoy print-work and the use of different techniques from ‘reduction linocuts’ to drypoint with stencils or ‘chine colle`’.

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