The exhibition ‘Shearwater/ Yelkovan’ describes an awareness of two homes: Istanbul, Turkey, where I have lived and worked
for twelve years, and my birthplace, South Africa. My experience of one home always occurs in counterpoint to the other. My
memory and imagination of these two places is informed by constant drawing and revisiting of images along the Bosphorus,
where I have my studio.
The young female artist refers here to her new series of abstractions that began when she moved to Johannesburg in early 2017. They represent her distillation -into balanced, abstract landscapes -of the differences that exist for her, between three cities: Joburg, Barcelona and that of her new residence in Scotland. Through repetitive line and colour Cristina examines the essential resources of the earth. And captures the connection between the durable and ephemeral. The result is abstract landscapes that suggest daily and seasonal changes in light.
Ile – How to say “home” in Yoruba
To me, home is a safe space. The place where one’s free from attack; experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s where people share with and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it don’t need to be perfect -instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive and recognise a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.
Themed around escapism the exhibition is designed, at first, to provoke, confront and discomfort. It is not always easy to face in the mirror who we become, perhaps quite authentically, when we think we can’t be seen. It is about the guilty pleasures we indulge in and the underground, unknown, historic worlds we are intrigued by and seek a glimpse into.