Header Image: "Sun Bleached", 2018. Acrylic on Canvas.
As a queer, biracial woman, Christina Quarles knows intimately how it feels to live in the boundaries of existence. Quarles reflects that sense of ambiguity in the flowing figures within her paintings. Within her world, limbs contort together and there is no individual sense of who is who or what is what. There are familiar objects being depicted, but Quarles depicts them in ways that make the audience question what exactly it is they are looking at.
With her paintings, Quarles creates grandeur gestures, using both lines and patterns to evoke feelings of confusing intimacy. With her drawings, Quarles often incorporates text, giving the images a more direct connection with the viewer. In a sense, Quarles’s drawings are more personal and intimate in nature, a closer sneak peek into the mind of the artist.
View more of Christina Quarles’s works on her website.