Comfort Zones: Miniature Paintings by Christine Aria
A Note from the artist: Surveying this large collection of nearly 100 paintings, which only scratches the surface of the various landscapes I have encountered in my lifetime, I feel a sense of comfort remembering just how many of them I’ve seen, how many places I have felt deeply happy and at home, jubilant with the breeze on my face, the wet mist and the sun in the air, the crunch of the dirt and rock and grass beneath my feet. Most images in this series are based on photos I took on my iPhone, and a few photos from family or online sources have found their way into the mix. A few pieces depict places I’ve never actually been—truly, the dreamiest projection of all--imagining myself in a moment that I did not, in actuality, experience. Perhaps in viewing these places--some of which you may recognize, many of which are likely foreign--you will sense something familiar in them. The vistas we cling to are not permanent, and this is an unbearably sad thought; yet there are so many places to embrace, so many iterations of everything. Landscapes change--sometimes subtly, and sometimes drastically--from moment to moment and second to second. There is room in you for many landscapes, and for you in them. A special note: 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Direct Relief Fund for California Wildfires.