C24 Gallery, New York
I work through a fragmented process of collage to painting, creating my own pictures from a personal archive of found images and personal drawings. I collect without a set intent, instead gathering clippings I feel an unconscious connection to, letting a greater meaning reveal itself to me later during the creative process. These images surround me as I work, posted about my studio in order to incubate in the peripheries of myself and my works in progress. This allows me to keep the development of my work constantly in motion, working from various narratives in varying stages of development. This constant dialogue enables me to create works that serve as a sort of societal reporting or a study of the human condition, free from sentimentality and without the heavy handedness of propaganda. The narratives of my paintings are also collage like, scattered throughout the composition. They exist in a world of non-reality which I produce by synthesizing figurative painting with abstraction.
My imagery straddles the border of reality and surrealism, various pictorial elements hooking themselves onto a central figure within the work. This body of work is the realization of a visual language I have developed through my narrative paintings, and builds upon my experimentations with surreal environments. I was especially interested in exploring and subverting the concept of the female muse while playing with compositional emphasis. In dialogue with my previous work, I returned to the concept of a glass curtain creating the effect of a veil between the subject and viewer. This dually creates a sort of glass prison, a bit of a paradoxical concept in itself. These works are, to me, narratively like a play in one act or a song with ambiguous lyrics. Over analysis is useless; it is something you must just feel to understand.
— Christian Vincent, 2019