I am interested in the subtleties that rise when things settle; whether in a landscape, an interior, a human body or face, or objects around me. A great deal happens in these moments of stillness where time seemingly expands. I capture the subtleties of light, color, form, expression, and mood that arise out of this settling. Reverence for my subject is shown through acute observation and a fundamental appreciation of naturalism. Combining traditional oil painting techniques with a contemporary sensibility is the most honest and cogent way of expressing my vision. Regardless of the specific subject or medium, I am above all attracted to form – specifically the human form and the ways in which light interacts with, enhances, and plays against it. Light is an equal participant in my drawings and paintings: a clear and assertive entity. A love for the relationship between light and form, a strong sense of design/composition, and an understanding of the power of color, are at the core of my process. My work is based on a visual language first and foremost, and therefore should express and attract on that level. The conceptual intention only acts to enhance the overall experience of the final product. Scale is also an important aspect of my work; I tend to work either very small or very large. The intentional shift away from a “normal” scale dramatically affects the content, meaning, and interpretation of a piece. In my miniatures I create an intimate experience that is transportive for the viewer, and is as powerful as a large painting. I strive for refinement and high-level of description, and consciously avoid the pure (and sometimes cold/distorted) mimesis of photorealism. My work exists within the language of painting and drawing, where a distinctly subjective translation occurs between what is seen and what is described. I purge the frivolous, and create a distilled interpretation of my subject: one that is honest, truthful, and considered.
Lauren Amalia Redding of Medium’s The Blue Review Writes a Critique on Christian Fagerlund’s “UNMADE”: “Faceless Frontiers”
May 12 - June 16, 2018