Christina Skaggs • Village Galleries Maui

 

The blended languages and earliest pictographs of all ancient cultures and roofs that rust inspire Skaggs’ transcultural paintings. Her current wave of inspiration comes from the most primitive masters of Oceanic art and is reflected in her uniquely personal artistic representations of petroglyphs, tapas, Polynesian tattoos, Maori carvings, voyaging canoes, mythical animals and sacred botanicals. It is this interplay of extremes, the juxtaposition of the primitive and the ultra modern, that infuse Skaggs’ art. The paintings are as much about shape and texture, the traditional preoccupation of sculpture, as they are about color. The textures are crowned with precious metals that suggest the patina of age and reflect Skaggs’ intimacy with metals from her years in jewelry design.

A life long artist, Skaggs’ moved to Hawaii in 1990 and designed jewelry for island galleries, basking in the harmony induced by imposing order, but painting called her back. “These ancient images are embedded in our DNA and this is why we see them as evocative and beautiful” Skaggs says. “They are a silent prayer to the interconnectedness of all things. I have carried all of this in many different suitcases for many years and I am grateful for this moment to unpack it all, in this one place and time.” 

Often asked how she creates her multi-layered works of art, Skaggs said: “I use a renegade process of my own creation mixing glazes that are composed of oils, acrylics and metallic leafs. “I often use beer or even champagne in my glazes as the bubbles give it a nice lift. I create a beloved neutral order reminiscent of typography and yet I strive for a dimension of mystery as well.”