C24 Gallery, New York
The creation of my work is a fragmented process of moving through a personal archive of found images and personal drawings, from collage to painting. I collect without deliberate intention, gathering pictures and clippings to which I feel an unconscious connection, allowing meaning to reveal itself during the creative process. I surround myself with the images in my studio; their presence gradually impacts the works in development, offering me various narratives as I stay in motion. This constant dialogue between myself and the images enables me to create works that serve as a sort of societal reporting or a study of the human condition, free from sentimentality and without the heavy-handedness of propaganda. The narratives of my paintings are also collage-like, scattered throughout the compositions. They exist in a world of non-reality which I produce by synthesizing figurative painting with abstraction.
My imagery straddles the line between reality and surrealism, as various pictorial elements hook themselves onto central figures within the work. This latest series is the realization of a visual language I have been developing through my narrative paintings, and builds upon my experimentations with surreal environments. I have been especially interested in exploring and subverting the concept of the female muse while still emphasizing composition. In dialogue with my previous work, I have returned to the concept of a glass curtain creating the effect of a veil between the subject and viewer – the paradoxical concept of a glass prison. These works are designed to be more visceral than intellectual, to impact viewers with the force of a one act play or a song whose ambiguous lyrics contain a raw power that bypasses the need for analysis. To feel them is to fully understand them.
— Christian Vincent, 2019