Painting has one foot in architecture, one foot in the dream.
— Roberto Matta

As a painter I explore themes of place, boundaries, belonging and femininity. In the majority of my works there is no human presence.  Anonymous architectural structures become the central image but streets and buildings remain vacant evoking a sense of nostalgia and longing in the viewer.  I distort space, light, and distance to create an altered and sometimes unfamiliar version of a “remembered place.”  A place first experienced will often appear different upon return. Because memory is changeable and fleeting, reality also becomes unreliable. 

In my art practice I work to capture intimate but barren environments in mundane moments.  In depicting the small things, the “in-between” spaces of these nondescript and sometimes inaccessible locations, I present a space where the viewer remains on the outside looking in and the central figure is anonymous and invisible.  These topics are indicative of the feelings of disconnectedness and loneliness in the collective modern experience.  

My work is influenced by Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Bosnian painter Safet Zec. I'm also inspired by the words of writers Maya Angelou, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Kingsolver and Sandra Cisneros; I paint to capture how their words make me feel.

Painting places us.
— Squeak Carnwath

C.Rasmussen | Caught Between | 2016 | Oil on canvas | 24 x 20 inches | Contact me to purchase.

C.Rasmussen. Selections from my Windows series, 2015. I painted one a day for 50 days. See full series here. These paintings are all oil on panel, 6x6 inches.