Watercolor Portraits by DEFECTIVEBARBIE.
Within the drips of paint, artist DEFECTIVEBARBIE’s forms disappear & dissolve to create an emotionally cathartic experience that is unique to her style & regarded by her collectors. Her work is inspired by visceral urban art, the social & political undercurrents of mass media, as well as the human condition. What makes her art most poignant is the way that it explores depression, pain, fear & the resulting strength & courage that emerges from these experiences. There is an evocative aliveness in her artworks, it is both a calmness & an energy that is undeniably inspiring to look at.
The preserved negative space in which each portrait is suspended is as important as the painted areas themselves; this emptiness is intentionally used to engage the viewer to fill in the blanks with the feelings & ideas each painting evokes from their own experience. What makes watercolor so difficult; its wild, unforgiving, unpredictable and surprising characteristics, is used to communicate evocative & immersive raw emotion. With unexpected mixtures of carefully controlled realism & chaotic abstraction the paint drips as a compositional component- as if they are real people, wet with paint & emerging from the paper, or the paint is some kind of energy, made visible, thats flowing from them.
DEFECTIVEBARBIE, at first just an adolescent online username, has grown to become the pseudonym for artist Christina Leta’s career. The moniker is reminiscent of her unwillingness to conform & her fascination with urban art; its a symbol of finding inspiration within the unexpected.
Since the beginning of her career in 2012, DEFECTIVEBARBIE has won numerous awards, & exhibited throughout California & internationally in Brisbane, Australia. Her work has been included in many print & online publications, charity events, & has helped shape lessons in art education. Her paintings have now expanded to public murals in cities throughout LA County, with more projects on the horizon. Her work is featured in many private collections throughout the US & is on view regularly at SugarMynt Gallery in South Pasadena, CA.