Christine Rasmussen is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in Art Practice and Peace & Conflict Studies. Recent awards include Jen Tough Gallery’s inaugural The Ladies Room art show, co-curating a show at Brand Art Center, a Chalk Hill Artist Residency and the prestigious Artist Label Program at Imagery Estate Winery. She has been featured on Modern Art Blitz and in Apero International Fine Art Catalogue, Artillery, Pigeon Pages, Voyage LA, and 7x7.LA. Her work features in private collections across the world and in the Hilbert Museum of California Art. Raised in Pakistan, Vietnam and the US, Christine now lives and works in Los Angeles.
As a painter I investigate the in-between, depicting mundane yet familiar urban landscapes. I distort space, light, and distance to create dreamlike environments.
Anonymous architectural structures are contrasted with floating fabrics that imply a human presence in the otherwise vacant spaces. The hovering cloth superimposed in the static environment conveys a sense of time, as if the viewer has caught a specific moment. We linger in that moment, noticing new details that were there all along, patiently waiting to be discovered by a discerning observer.
Exploring themes of emptiness and aloneness, boundaries and belonging interests me as a global nomad who finds familiarity in every city I visit. My current work explores the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles with its striking Southern California light, while continuing to be influenced by my nomadic past and the colors of my international youth. Artistic influences include Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and poet Maya Angelou.
“Painting has one foot in architecture, one foot in the dream.”
— Roberto Matta
“Painting places us. ”
— Squeak Carnwath