Featured Artist ||| Cristina Natsuko Paulos (Las Vegas, NV)
This week’s featured artist is Cristina Natsuko Paulos, a talented animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, illustrator and artist who resides in Las Vegas, NV. As a Gemini, I was instantly drawn to Cristina’s series, Mirror Twins. At the risk of oversimplifying, it also reminded me of the my favorite Sanrio characters, the Twin Stars. So, perhaps I am a bit impartial. In any case, I hope you will enjoy reading more about the undeniably amazing, Cristina Natsuko Paulos. For more of her work visit: www.cristinapaulos.com and http://nookofcuriosity.com.
Cristina Natsuko Paulos graduated from Cal Arts in the Character Animation Program in 2006. In her work she creates from her own original characters the MIRROR TWINS. She often works on wood, handmade papers and canvas. She uses mix media materials such as oil paints, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, sumi ink, and dyes. In her work she combines narrative storytelling with abstraction influenced by cartoon movement used in animation.
“My paintings are made through the process of drawing, rather than using traditional painting techniques. I work very fast but with very slow pacing, to stop and reflect back up upon the subject. The painting “build up” process and the drawing immediate response are infused, often chaotic but with fluidity of movement.
Taking the elements of intuitive approaches to line-marking, I am able to expose the raw emotion, gravity, lightness and coarse beauty of those I capture.” -Cristina Natsuko Paulos
Here is a little bit about the Mirror Twins, which I pulled from Cristina’s website. I was quite thrilled to see that they are Geminis!
Names: Victoria and Eleanor
Birthday: June 1st
Hangouts: Antique Shops
Food: Japanese Sweets
Likes: socks, cat’s cradle, outer space, jump rope, the changing of the seasons
Victoria and Eleanor are two twin girls. They were born in a test tube in a desert town. They speak in “idioglossia” their own secret language. Their secrets lies in their eyes.