Amidst the tired ringing of grunge rock from the 80’s and 90’s being played on an even more exhausted, out-dated iPod, has emerged this ever-evolving set of mixed-media work. Consisting of abstractions derived from damaged or dirtied surfaces, discarded materials, urban street art, and particularly human scar tissue, these superficial imperfections engage the viewer through elemental and formal artistic language. At heart, this concentration focuses on the physical capability for one to heal despite hardship, untraditional beauty, identity discovery and [re]creation. For the lack of a more poetic explanation, it lends to the human need on an everyday basis to simply “pick up the pieces,” “make the best of things,” and just move on. Aside from capturing these ideas, the photographic angle explores the works’ adaptive and ephemeral qualities through natural illumination experimentation. Some stronger art historical influences for this set are Minoan fresco painting from Crete (Greece), the Futurist Manifesto (F.T. Marinetti, 1909), Paul Cezanne, Roberto Matta, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, Eva Hesse, Ingrid Calame, and the Brooklyn-based guerrilla street artist that goes by the name of Swoon.
The works portrayed have been recently featured at the Art League of Long Island (Dix Hills, NY) in Director’s Cut (2010). CHRISTINA MAKRAKIS graduated from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) in 2009 with a BA in Fine Arts, specified in Painting, as well as a minor is Spanish. Currently, she works for CUE Art Foundation (NYC) as an Administrative and Programs Assistant. In addition, she has worked for the Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY) in Visitor Services and Events Management for close to three years.