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A three-artist show­case

An artist’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of sub­ject mat­ter is one el­e­ment that makes art­work dis­tinc­tive. In the up­com­ing show Found in Trans­la­tion at Abend Gallery in Denver, Su­chi­tra Bhosle, Natalia Fabia and Jen­nifer McChris­tian bring their viewpoints to the fig­ure and land­scapes. They weave in per­sonal nar­ra­tives, as well as turn to the greater world for in­spi­ra­tion.

McChris­tian will dis­play fig­ures, land­scapes and nar­ra­tive scenes pulled from places she has trav­eled—Europe, Africa, the Caribbean—and her home of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“The theme/idea be­hind these new works is that there is a com­mon thread hid­den un­der the lay­ers of paint, which ties all the dis­parate places and par­a­digms to­gether,” she ex­plains. “As the viewer’s mind works to trans­late the for­eign sub­ject mat­ter they will find an in­ter­nal place re­veal­ing the essence and char­ac­ter of a per­son that they rec­og­nize as fa­mil­iar, or the nos­tal­gia and sense of be­long­ing and his­tory of a place/lo­ca­tion that is as known to them as their home­town.”

Her piece Home is Where the Sun Is was in­spired by a win­ter trip to Aruba. “My hus­band, Ben, and I were do­ing some leisurely sight­see­ing off the beaten path through­out the small island, and I was in­trigued in par­tic­u­lar by the weath­ered and worn struc­tures that were so hum­ble, spar­tan and con­veyed a sim­ple life,” McChris­tian re­calls. “The in­tense, sun-filled light on the crum­bling white plas­ter against the back­drop of a rich, blue sky gave me a sense of nos­tal­gia and time­less­ness, which at the same mo­ment re­minded me of how fleet­ing life is.”

Bhosle be­gan her new­est col­lec­tion with a fo­cus on the dy­namism of ges­tu­ral fig­ures and faces, but it evolved into some­thing be­yond the tech­nique. “What I did find com­ing through was the por­trayal of my sub­jects’ in­ner truth—the pure spir­its of my mod­els—and it felt right to chase that fleet­ing feel­ing as a theme for this col­lec­tion,” she says.

The ex­pres­sions de­picted in Bhosle’s paint­ings help con­vey those in­ner truths, with no bar­ri­ers, fa­cades or guises. There is also the no­tion of ac­cept­ing one’s own unique qual­i­ties—“it could be a long­ing for some­one or some­thing, a bold at­ti­tude or in­di­vid­ual or just some beau-

ti­ful, sen­sual en­ergy that can ar­rest the viewer in seek­ing his or her own truth.”

Her painting At­ti­tude in Di­aphanous por­trays the model in an out-of-the­o­r­di­nary pose. “What was strik­ing when I be­gan this painting was noth­ing to do with the beauty of the fe­male form that was em­a­nat­ing out of ev­ery pore of that vis­ual im­age, but how the clas­si­cal and ethe­real spirit of her bold in­ner aura was more dom­i­nant than the tac­tile beauty,” Bhosle shares. “These are mo­ments as an artist we all feel blessed to ex­pe­ri­ence and hope to ex­press on our can­vas.”

Fabia’s art­work for Found in Trans­la­tion was all cre­ated within the last year and has el­e­ments of painting from life in her stu­dio. “Af­ter my daugh­ter was born, I reded­i­cated my­self to my pas­sion, painting from life rather than photo ref­er­ence,” she says. “My mod­els are my friends who are amaz­ing, strong women—many are yo­gis or also artists. When I can­not find any­one to pose, I paint my­self and, of course, my fa­vorite muse of all is my daugh­ter.”

Cre­at­ing work that is clas­si­cally driven with the in­flu­ence of con­tem­po­rary themes, Fabia of­ten in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments that fas­ci­nate her such as col­or­ful en­vi­ron­ments, fash­ion, cos­mos and light. “Ex­plo­ration of these el­e­ments in re­la­tion­ships, friend­ships, sol­i­dar­ity and play fu­els my paint­ings,” she says. “My 5-year-old daugh­ter is a huge in­spi­ra­tion; she is un­in­hib­ited when she draws and paints. I strive to re­gain some of that in my work. I of­ten let her paint in the back­grounds of my paint­ings.”

Brandi Buns de­picts Fabia’s friend and artist, Brandi Milne, who she painted from life in her stu­dio. “In this painting I’ve cho­sen to por­tray Brandi in jewel-tone col­ors and bright, nat­u­ral light, in­spired by whim­si­cal themes we both en­joy,” Fabia ex­plains. “Her hair is typ­i­cally down, al­most cov­er­ing her face, so I painted her with her hair in a bun, show­ing her in a more vul­ner­a­ble way—rep­re­sent­ing what frag­ile and un­guarded crea­tures we are.”

Found in Trans­la­tion will be on view Septem­ber 1 to 29, with a re­cep­tion on open­ing night from 6 to 9 p.m.

1Su­chi­tra Bhosle, At­ti­tude in Di­aphanous, oil on panel, 16 x 12"2Su­chi­tra Bhosle, Edge of De­sire, oil, 8 x 6"3Natalia Fabia, Brandi Buns, oil on panel, 12 x 12"4Jen­nifer McChris­tian, Home is Where the Sun Is, oil on panel, 8 x 10"

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