In her mixed media paintings, artist Christine Stettner blurs the boundaries of figuration and fantasy to create bright, whimsical works layered with rich imagery. Lithe, dancing figures often populate her compositions lending the pictures a sense of freedom or independence. Insects and plant forms take on human qualities in these otherworldly compositions that blend bold color and shape to explore the perceptions, experiences, and unspoken questions that permeate life.
Stettner’s The Piano Player of the Century is a playful landscape painted on a panel of irregularly shaped wood. The imaginative scene features a musical dragonfly playing piano for a large audience –a playful tableau that embraces wonder amid the everyday. In Vino Veritas features a silhouetted body amid layers of translucent blue and red pigment. Part lively fantasy and part surreal enigma, the composition reveals a wealth of expressive possibilities. Finally, in Dynamic Freedom, Stettner layers diverse materials onto her vivid canvas and embosses the wet paint with patterns and marks. The form of what could be a stylized dancing figure evokes the mysteries of humanity that lay hidden just beneath the surface of our illusory world.