Guest Artist: Kristin Texeira
Kristin Texeira’s art hopscotches across the rainbow and embraces abstract forms as a way to retell her memories, everyday observations and travel experiences. But colour isn’t just confined to her art, it touches all parts of her life, from the way she organises playlists on her computer and the different hues she associates with certain letters and people.
What do you love about your hometown Massachusetts?
My family is still there so I love being able to go back and visit them. I was born in Natick, MA – I have memories of feeding ducks at a small waterfall, visiting the old Sudbury Gris Mill. I love the seasons, the cold and the reward of summer. There are beautiful colonial towns on the coast and stretches of farmland to the west. This is a state full of history, old spirits and some of my favourite memories.
What made you move to Brooklyn?
After school I did a bit of travelling. Along the way, I met amazing artists and writers that were living in Brooklyn. I wanted to be a part of that family. I just felt the pull, fell in love with a boy living there and went for it.
What about the abstract appeals to you?
It’s a way to tell a story that isn’t just repeating what you see. Memories are abstract. They are feelings and thoughts, ever-changing. I find the best way to translate that is through abstraction. You can really feel the essence of a moment with abstraction, what the painter was feeling, smelling and thinking through the movement of paint and colour.
How do you pick which colours to use?
I use colour as a way to categorise my everyday life. For instance, certain songs bring to mind certain colours; when I make a playlist on my computer it is organised by the colour of these sounds. The idea of synesthesia comes up often when I’m asked about my process. This concept concerns the overlapping of senses. For some people a sound could induce a tactile sensation. In other cases, letters and numbers have a colour associated with them. When I’m recalling a memory or a person, specific colours are evoked and I use these colours to retell the story. At times, the colours that I mix reference the physical world, like the colour of a sweater, but, for the most part, the colours are emotional translations.
You deal with memory a lot in your work, what’s one of your fondest memories?
I’ll list a few – I’ve been lucky to have had many. Laying on the grass of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, dinner with three strangers from three different countries in Florence, a foggy morning ride to the beach off Highway 1 in California, hopping in a car with a couple of strangers-turned-friends driving to San Sebastian, Spain and dinner at my grandmother’s house.
Travel is essential inspiration for your work, where would you love to travel to?
I’d love to explore more of Portugal. I visited once when I was younger and the colours of the buildings and tiles that line the streets and walls have stayed with me. I also found something very nostalgic about Lisbon. My grandfather was Portuguese and there were details of the city that reminded me of things he had around his house when I was a child.
What do you scribble in your notebook?
Many things: dialogue that I find interesting, to-do lists, book titles, names. Sometimes I pick a leaf or a flower as a souvenir of that moment in time. I also collect doodles of other people who are around me sharing a beautiful moment. I ask them to make a mark in my sketchbook so that I can look back and revisit that place with those people in my memory. I collect songs, dreams, colours, receipts and wrappers, really any object that can contain a memory and fit in my book.
Who would you love to watch work?
A boat builder or a piano player.
What can’t you go a day without?
Chapstick and coffee.
What makes you nostalgic?
Smells, songs, patterns and my box of sketchbooks.
What was the last thing you read, watched and listened to?
Read: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino for the fourth or so time. Watched: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Listened to: Reasonable Doubt by Jay Z.