“Life is abstract. Through eyes that are minimalist.”
Barcelona-born painter Cristina Ballbé Ruiz’s new series of abstractions began when she moved to Johannesburg in early 2017. They represent her distillation – into balanced, abstract landscapes – the differences that exist for her, between three cities: Joburg, Barcelona and her new residence in Scotland.
Through repetitive line and colour she examines the essential resources of the Earth. And captures the connection between the durable and ephemeral, through her painting. The result is abstract landscapes that suggest daily and seasonal changes in light.
What you’ll see in her balanced compositions of monochromatic and black and white – will inspire a sense of deep connection with nature. One that is due to the abstraction of elements and resultant balance in composition.
What’s arresting is how she has rendered these landscapes (by distilling or abstracting them to their essence). And how this draws attention to the contrasting experience of looking at real landscapes and other depictions of landscapes in art. And may suggest that – without an element of such drastic abstraction – competing elements in an actual or painted landscape, could take away from the sense of pure connection to an essence in nature, via a painting.