Artwork by Christina Empedocles
Christina Empedocles, a San Francisco local and MFA graduate from California College of the Arts,
employs realist and trompe-oeil (optical three-dimensional) techniques.
Christina Empedocles' wax pencil drawings make use of obsessive realism as a means to explore the
nature of memory, nostalgia and perception. Her work accumulates and assembles found objects and
images, and creates a series of representations of representations. The images stand in for the things
she has lost touch with over time and reveals the great distance from artist to source. By painting
what is obviously a facsimile, she monumentalize this distance between herself and the original, using
the intense act of looking as a futile means of getting closer to the things she represents.
The truth that emerges in Christina Empedocles work comes from an innate passion and a freedom to
experiment and perfect this style. Also, San Francisco has everything to do with her work. It is
where she became an artist, where she was educated, and where she started her adult life. In a recent
showing at the spectacular new Alphonse Berber Gallery in Berkeley her work was hailed as stunning
both technically and intellectually. Keep an eye out for this incredible local artist or try
strolling through the UCSF campus looking for her joyful "flock" mural.
- Giuseppe A. Alagna
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