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Meet Kristina


"My work challenges the boundary between control and uncertainty.  The grounding I feel through my work is an expression of the space that exists between these two phenomena.  I mix my color and pour my paint, unsure of the outcome. I pick up the panel and start to dance with the movement of the paint as it slides from one side to the next.  As the layers of color accumulate on each painting, the opportunity to manipulate the space between control and uncertainty diminishes.  A sense of urgency arises, which is expressed in the textured movement of color.  Paradoxically, as the process unfolds, my desire to control dissipates, and I am left with the ambiguous feeling of uncertainty.  This cycle is repeated endlessly, incessantly, as if my will alone could leave its imprint.  Whereas in the past this ambiguity would disturb me, I now find the process reassuring.  It is clear that, despite my best intentions, each piece will choose its own path."

Kristina Quinones was born and raised in Connecticut. Received her bachelor's degree in Printmaking from the University of Connecticut in 2001 then moved to California. In 2005 she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. Quinones has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States. 

My story

I believe it is important to be your own voice and freely express yourself without fear. Growing up, I felt overshadowed by my father's blindness and physical disabilities. I felt unseen.

From a young age, I learned that life could easily be taken away by sickness. As the only person with sight in the house, I became the caretaker.

Being raised by blind parents, I felt that I had a greater appreciation for the visual world around me. Large and small were relative, as I saw the commonalities in microscopic and macroscopic images as one in the same. I used this style of imagery to create my own world. Pouring paint in layers is my way to express emotion, which would otherwise bind me.

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