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A significant portion of my adult life has been surrounded by death and grief from the loss of my father and then my son, the identical twin of my surviving son. The dance between sorrow and joy was deep and endless.

I realized that these tragedies that almost destroyed me, were driving my quest to seek out everything good and beautiful. The beauty that surrounded me was divine, and it awakened my spirit. The unequivocal and absolute beauty that enveloped my world was what fueled my art, what fueled my spirit, and kept me going.

My process is a multi-step rhythmic dance of applying liquid adhesive, gold leaf, and surface mediums in a painterly way, and then I print directly on the surfaces I create. The image and the gold marry together and form the feeling that I want to inspire. The process is completed with a finish of protective sealer and frame to keep the surfaces untouched. The depth and light of the gold leaf enhance the beauty of the subject matter, and each layer becomes a statement of art in and of itself.

My subjects and intentions have always remained the same, to capture life. That brief moment when you are looking into the window of the soul, observing something sacred. It can be seen throughout nature, flowers, landscapes, animals, and human beings. I have a particularly deep seeded fascination with the desert. I spent a large part of my childhood in Eastern Washington along the Columbia River, and as an adult I continue to spend a majority of my free time there hunting, foraging, photographing and soaking in inspiration. The abandoned homesteads, antique equipment and bare hills being swept away with passing time, evoke peace, mystery and a harsh reality that is beautiful and to be respected.

I am forever inspired by the grace of God. Knowing that the beauty of this world is His. The beauty I capture does not belong to me, and allows for me to continuously receive inspiration freely. I truly delight in my work and the process, and appreciate the real maker. This fills me with a sense of gratitude and fulfillment. Passing these creations on to others in hopes that the wonder they contain will inspire and challenge us to see the depth and dimension of the world around us.

The materials I work with are paper, glue, gold leaf, gel medium, an inkjet printer, and film or digital photographs that I have taken recently or long ago.

 

ABOUT CHRISTY

Christy Kruse is an artist originally from Seattle, WA. She always loved drawing and photography from a young age. She studied fine arts at the University of South Australia, the Academy of Art University in San Fransisco, and the University of Washington where she completed the Scientific Illustration Program. Her photography has been published in Black & White Magazine. Christy has displayed her work at the Burke Museum in Seattle, WA  and received a second place award on the DP Challenge for "Night Snow Ferry". She currently resides just outside of Seattle with her husband, 3 year old son and newborn baby girl.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT 

My art shimmers gold specks of light that peak through my photographic images like joy seeping through endless sorrow. In learning to process the loss of my father and then my son, the identical twin of my surviving son, I capture breadths of light and focus in on the individual beauty of my subject which ultimately allows gold to shine through. With each piece, gold leaf is applied like paint on paper requiring several days to cure. When the final piece is revealed the imperfections reflect my personal experience with love and loss.