"CHRISTIN, not CHRISTIAN."
Her artwork is very unique in the city of El Paso. It has a certain quality that when you see it, you know it was done by Christin. I think that something special about her is that she doesn't just work with one style, like the one pictured below, but she also does other types of art which include the use of oil-based paints and more "classic" style pieces. However, people have gotten familiarized with the type of style seen in her latest exhibition at Dream Chasers Club names "Wish You Weren't Here". (Available all month of August).
Surprisingly, Christin has being doing art "seriously" since January 2016. However, she has been doing art all through high school. She says she was "that person that spent lunchtime in the art room". Christin went to school for oil-painting, but she realized she wanted to do art that she could do in a "three-hour sitting". She realized she did not want to deal with the hassle that oil painting comes with. Her weapon of choice later on became a black pen.
I asked her how long it took her to develop her style to where it is now, and she said it took her a while. She wanted to do as much as she could with as little as possible, which is why most of her art now is black and white. She admitted that she has always been "obsessed" with the tattoo community. She feels that it is amazing what they can do with only one color. However, Christin told me that due to her studying art, it makes her constantly think about what colors to mix to get a precise color; for example, she was thinking what colors to use to make the sky the color it was the day of the interview, and that is also a reason why she mostly sticks to black ink. It gets to hectic and "El Paso does not need more colorful art" she said "it is already colorful as is".
I asked her how long she has been working with Jam (owner of DCC) and she mentioned that they met at a Proper Printshop live printing event not. Christin talked about how it started off with "forcing" herself to go to art shows for the sake of meeting other artists in El Paso, getting her name out there, as well as making sure people knew she was not a boy.
Now, on to more current subject matters: the exhibition. "Wish You Weren't Here" is her first solo art show ever and it opened up this Thursday. "In 27 years this will be the first one", she said excitedly. I asked her why now and she said "fuck it". She made it clear that she did not want to use paper or canvas. She wanted to do something different. "I want to get a little weird", she said as she pulled out her phone and showed me a sneak-peak of her puzzle art work. Very original. This exhibition is different to her other work because it is more than just a face. The main "characters" are a man and a feminine hand. However that does not mean it should be interpreted literally. She said she wants people to say, "What the fuck is going on?" Christin wants people to put their own emotions into it. She wanted to name the exhibition so that it represents the dialogue between the "female" and "the little man" as she calls it.
Christin hopes people can go to the exhibition and enjoy it and like it. I have seen it myself. It is wonderful. I hope everyone can go to DCC and check it out.
Her Instagram is: christin.m.a Check out her work!