YOUNGSTOWN — The work of Los Angeles-based painter and mixed-media artist Krista Machovina is the focus of a virtual art show hosted by the Thomases Family Endowment Art Gallery through June 3 at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown website.
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“This has been a meaningful show to put together, joining my love of the water with my affection for my family,” Machovina said in a news release. “I have been painting the water for years. I am somewhat obsessed with how it looks different from one minute to the next.”
The pieces in “Near and Distant Shores” include more traditional depictions of the sea and sky as well as mixed media work incorporating images from Machovina’s grandmother’s photo albums from the 1920s to the1930s.
Though Machovina typically works in oil paint on cradled wood panels, the paintings in this show are built up in layers, with a mixture of cold wax medium and resin that gives the surfaces a soft sheen. This combination allows for both soft and hard edges. She also used several different methods of photo transfers, including both acetone/toner transfers as well as acrylic gel medium. The pieces were then sealed with a clear gesso/size and over-painted with oils. Some are on cotton watercolor paper, and others are on wood panel.
“Focusing on the horizon of the ocean or the ripples in the water can’t help but be meditative, and hopefully will lower some blood pressure,” Machovina said. “I also would love to convey an element of continuity. No matter what is going on in the world, tides continue to advance and recede, and there is something comforting about that.”