Interview with Kristin Texeira

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
My name is Kristin Texeira. I’m an abstract oil painter originally from Massachusetts. I’m currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. My paintings are abstractions of interactions with people and place. I write in order to document certain moments and I use color as a language to translate these stories into paintings. I paint to provide proof -- for myself and others – of existing in certain moments in time. My paintings often take the form of “memory maps” that I juxtapose with hand-written captions derived from the painting’s inspiration.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
My work is born out of interaction and travel. I’ve been based in Brooklyn for three years now but, I try my best to get out of the city as often as possible. Being in new environments and listening to the stories of strangers has always influenced my work. I never completely understand the place I am until I reach a new destination. Interacting with new environments allows the past to become a memory and therefore something I wish to preserve through painting. Color is how I decipher new places when traveling, and the people I meet along the way. 

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
A number 44 palette knife and a mechanical pencil (besides the obvious answer: paint). I only use a knife to mix color and apply paint to a surface. I love the clean, clear colors I can get with a knife and the sharp lines I can make with it. I hardly ever use brushes. I keep a stash of “Paper Mate Sharpwriter” pencils on me at all times. They are my favorite to write with, underline with and sketch with.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
In general, time is my greatest obstacle; not seeming to have enough of it. I feel like I could be getting more done every day. That is why I explore aspects of time through painting. My work revolves around the themes of time and memory: how to slow time, remain present, and preserve the past.  

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
Bay area painter, Richard Diebenkorn; the way he breaks up his world into color. German artist, Klaus Rinke; his fascination with time and the clock. Writer, Ernest Hemingway; the way he transcribed dialogue. A sculptor and my good friend Wil Sideman who has a way of telling stories of nostalgia through beautiful objects. 

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
“Never stop thinking you’re a painter.” And also “Do you.”