Cristina Bahiense

Ivair Reinaldim

Cristina Bahiense - TRAJECTORIES  [Galeria de Arte Ibeu, 2009]

In Percursos [Trajectories], the artist Cristina Bahiense shows us recent work that is the outcome of researchbegun roughly two years ago. Grouped here in three different (albeit not rigidly demarcated) series of paintings,drawings and objects, they are the fruit of an equivalent formal and conceptual approach established by twoclearly-defined procedures: drawing and collage. It is this process that represents the spatial investigation thatappears in all of the works on display.

Beyond techniques, drawing and collage are important reflective procedures. Drawings are both projectsand mediums for poetic investigation. The plastic and formal relations present in these works have been carefullyplanned; nevertheless, at the moment in which elements are juxtaposed, superimposed, brought together orseparated, every initial control is confronted by the powerful presence of intuition. All previous planning must beconsonant with the artist’s subjective choices. Thus, even though one does not prevail over the other, rigor andspontaneity are intercommunicating aspects.

We might underscore the fact that it is precisely in the interchange between drawing and collage that thesense of construction is most easily perceived in these works. Ironically, many of the materials used by the artist– such as sheets of MDF, acrylic or different types of plastic screens that play a crucial part in the artist’s poetics –were acquired in construction product and home decoration stores. Simultaneously, the planning of each drawingand the layered juxtapositions of collage are procedures that underscore this constructivist approach, not only interms of the internal spatial relationships of each work but in their relationships with the places they occupy.

An artist-constructor, Cristina Bahiense draws, cuts, glues, molds, and structures her works. Materials andforms assume positions upon the support, advance from and across walls, outline their shadows, construct theirspace, and represent the trajectories that the artist proposes to our inquiring gaze. In all their potency, these workspossess the controlled spontaneity that exists in every [apparent] contradiction of opposites.

Ivair Reinaldim