Kristen Thiele
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My imagery is derived from the motion pictures of the 1930s through the 50s. I'm particularly interested in this era of film and how it aligns with the concept of artifice via opulent and escapist themes. The subjects of my paintings are about the fleeting, the missing, and the unattainable, however as paintings they become the very antithesis of the ephemeral. This contradictory concept is also contained in the idea we may not connect to these early images except through the platforms of our modern technologies. This new access to "old" materials has created a contemporary anachronism where anything recorded may be accessed. These images and sounds are part of our contemporary consciousness along with all of the other things that make up our world. As a contemporary artist, I am responding to the "new" subject of these old movies. In painting these images, I have internalized every detail of the source image. Every brushstroke is a result of my looking at each part of the image with equal attention and focus. My paintings are a product of my absorption of the images that I choose and of my processing those images through the externalization of the action of painting.