Kristin Musgnug, Aster, Bush Clover, English Plantain from Sidewalk Edge, 2017
I love the abstraction mixed with realism in Kristin’s work, the simple brushstrokes here that create the tray for her sidewalk find. The fact that Kristin pays attention to things that other people ignore ‘on their way to someplace beautiful.’ I love that what appears to be very precise from afar becomes so abstract when one is up close to the painting. The green moss, the light reflected on the leaf stem and how the shadows are precise and imprecise. I love how the chunk of earth is so honest, ‘here I am this is me and take a look.’ I am wowed by Kristin’s ability with paint and how she makes me take an extra look and pay attention.
The title is fabulous too, so straightforward, perceptions shifts, weeds become specific and things of beauty.
Aster, Bush Clover, English Plantain from Sidewalk Edge, 2017