is definitely not linear for me. It seems to expand and contract depending upon what I am doing." -Krista Machovina
I met Krista at our 1st Little Bite Gallery production, UTOPIA, in November 2017. My dear friend Darrell Fusaro (last week's Little Bite People Feature!) introduced us, as he thought we might get along. I was instantly attracted to Krista's work upon viewing; there is something very moody and relatable about her work, something that asks the viewer to navigate a space that is not clearly defined. Krista's work is familiar and new all at the same time. It's nostalgic, evokes observation of emotional and artistic process, and focuses attention to the present moment.
"Krista Machovina is a painter and mixed media artist, with training as an art therapist and art educator. As an artist, Krista draws inspiration from the natural world, in particular the sea and sky, vintage ephemera and found objects. These elements create a narrative of every changing boundaries; those that merge, some diffuse and others starkly clear. The human presence is noticeably absent in the paintings of the sea, creating a meditative, immersive environment for the viewer. Her paintings are evocative of and influenced by the Tonalist and Color Field movement, with an element of American Gothic Romanticism."
Without further adieu....Krista Machovina.
What does art mean to you?
That can be taken so many ways—art as a field to define or art as a part of my life. Art has been a vehicle of expression for me for so many years, a way that I perceive the world and then share those perceptions. It has also been a way for me to connect with others by assisting them in finding their own creative voices and art making abilities. Art and artmaking has been interwoven throughout my entire life.
What does time feel like to you? Is it something linear? Something more spacious and abstract?
Time is definitely not linear for me. It seems to expand and contract depending upon what I am doing. I do know it is precious, and I no longer like to spend time with things that bring me down. I either change my perception of a situation and improve it, or don’t do it—don’t have time for that!
What patterns or habits, with no moral assignment, do you see from your life mirrored in your work?
Patterns or habits? Hmmm. Perhaps patterns from my former days as a therapist come through. The paintings related to the sea are also very much about boundaries and mood, much like weather are always changing and shifting. The mixed media pieces are more narrative, but they pose more questions than they give answers. Yeah, that’s a little bit therapist-y.
How do you hope to reach others with/through your work, or is that not a concern?
I have always said that I delight to know that my work can live in homes and environments with others, and perhaps affect the climate of those places. I love the idea that children may grow up around my work, and that those paintings get to be a part of their childhood, and ideally a good part! I hope that by living my creative dreams, that others might be encouraged to more live theirs.
Do you have any teachers or mentors you're still in touch with?
Most of my significant mentors have passed away, but in Los Angeles I have found a creative community that I can call upon when seeking art wisdom.
Describe a meal that you enjoy eating or cooking.
I’m frankly more of a baker than a cook, with my signature dish as of late being classic 1950’s style lemon squares.