Kristen Cliburn’s paintings juxtapose color in vaporous combinations emphasizing subtleties, transitions, and pure color. The resultant interaction of color seems to float and disappear in flux. Their temperatures and densities change effortlessly as if appearing in and out of ether. Cliburn uses a variety of air brushes and air guns to apply paint to the canvas in delicate, choreographed layers. This is critical to her work as it allows for finely nuanced color interaction and serves to suspend the perception of gravity/time while eliminating overt gestures. It is through this process that she creates a potent color field emanating an unwavering presence.
Her paintings reference the science of seeing and the work of Josef Albers. He claimed, “Only when our minds are directed through appropriate juxtapositions and constellations of color and shape will we sense their relatedness and mutual actions; then to see art will be a creative act.”
Cliburn attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. During this time, she studied abroad to Castiglione, Italy studying drawing, photography, and architecture. She was awarded scholarships for Outstanding Research in Painting in 1997 and 1998. Directly afterward, Cliburn attended The Blue Mountain Center for the Arts Residency Program in upstate New York. In 2006, she attended The University of Houston to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting, graduating in 2009.
Cliburn has exhibited since 1998 with exhibitions in Houston, TX; Queenstown, New Zealand; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA.; New York, NY; Taos, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; San Antonio, TX; and Marfa, TX. Her work is included in Texas Abstract Contemporary + Modern by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards, 2014. Her work is in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, and throughout the U.S.