Kristin Coburn is a second generation Australian artist and has been immersed in art from a young age. She combines her art practice with her teaching at the School of Fine Art, Mosman (SoFA) where she is also the Director.
“My work has progressed through many different styles. mainly searching for my voice, as most artists do. I started out in an abstract tradition, however in my recent work, I have been investigating techniques of the great Renaissance painters and have found an exciting and engaging study.
When painting still life, I'm looking for an expression of realism and an appreciation of beauty and the world around me. However, in my interiors I want something more, where I draw upon reality but with a slightly enhanced quality.
Integration is important and the use of abstract elements sometimes has a surreal outcome. I use associations of colour and objects, perspective and the real to create a context to draw the viewer into an imaginary world. There I use symbols and my imagination alongside painting from life.
I construct images from a not-fully-formed, felt sense, that doesn't come to life until the painting is finished. In this way the work emerges from my subconscious and becomes the embodiment of the alchemical, restorative power of art.”