_Christine Atkinson is an emerging artist from California. She received a bachelors
degree in commercial photography from the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara California
and is currently a MFA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the
Atkinson is licensed Sky diver, SCUBA diver, a falconer, equestrian and recently learned
to sail. She currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Chicago.
First there was nothing, then there was a deep nothing, and then there was a deep blue.
- Gaston Bachelard, Air and Dreams
Blue is never where you are, it is never where you are standing. In the water we ﬁnd that it is just beyond us: an arms length, a leap, a life time. It is the most elusive of colors, historically the last to be named, it evades ﬁrst detection and then description.
Green is a far more generous color. It is accessible, it is the color of growing. We know how green smells.
The paper soaked in water and paint generates index of time, surface and color. The soak is long, often for several weeks, long enough for the color to combine with the paper and to become solid; no longer existing on top of but inseparable from the material. The water line climbs up the paper in the form of a splash and like any splash it breaks the surface. Water and color manipulate the structure of the ﬁbers and in turn the paper separates out and fragments the mixture in the pigments. In its destruction the physicality of the paper becomes revealed, its ﬁbers are made more real.