Monday, March 04, 2013

Artist’s paintings inspired by human behavior

"Lynn and Little Ones" by Christine Roman

Christine Roman is interested in the origin of human behavior, specifically in relation to her family history and herself.

Roman has incorporated collage, acrylic painting and mixed-media drawings on her 3- to 6-foot-long canvas paintings in the "Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition." Over the years, Roman said she developed a set of symbols relating to memories, experiences and family history, which she then used as a basis for her paintings.

“I want my paintings to be strong, colorful, tactile images that act as voyages into dreams, memory and the subconscious,” said Roman.

Roman said she allows her subconscious to direct her painting, using intuitive mark-making to reflect ideas about human behavior. Her conceptual ideas combine with this instinctive physical process, allowing her final works of art to form. According to Roman, her narratives reflect the evolution of her ideas, memory and movement.

Roman received her BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Georgia in 2006 and is an MFA candidate in painting. She has exhibited her work in the Southeast and in Cortona, Italy. She plans to continue painting, teaching and exhibiting her works and hopes to remain in the Southeast with her husband and daughter.

The “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art March 16 to April 22, 2013, with an opening reception in conjunction with 90 Carlton: Spring on March 22. MFA Speaks is scheduled for March 21 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the artists discussing their work.

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