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Art & Life with Christina Leta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Leta.

Christina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Like an eye blink or a heartbeat art has always been autonomic for me. I was raised with art from an early age, but I lacked confidence until I started taking classes in High School. My art always gravitated toward the female form, I focused my curriculum around painting & figure drawing. In 2000 I joined the online world with the username defective Barbie, & later shaped an art practice around that identity. I got my Degree in Visual Art from an abandoned airplane hangar in Seaside, CA (aka the CSUMB art dept.) I moved to LA in 2012 to develop my body of work & exhibit it. Throughout this experience I’ve had the opportunity to create city commissioned murals, curate exhibitions, & donate to women’s charities around the world.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My newest series of portraits are about inner worlds. I wanted to capture consciousness through brushstrokes and give each portrait a universe in one of their eyes to represent the concept of the soul. It’s kind of an anti-portrait, defaced & altered yet somehow more personal than a perfect rendering of an exact likeness. I set out to capture the being of the subject not just a physical representation of a face. My style can be a little unnerving for some but humans are complex beings that are beautiful, disturbing, hopeful, tragic, serene and chaotic amongst a whole host of other attributes. I try to create a true mirror with these pieces, what’s in the mirror doesn’t always appeal to everyone, but when it does I hope my audience is inspired by seeing through different eyes.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
You have to just do it. It’s never going to be the perfect situation, there’s never enough time or money and you can’t let that stop you. If it scares you, you should do it. Use the fear and make what you want. Creative pursuits require creative solutions, use whatever tools are available to you to make your work & get it seen. Your best tools are your mind & your determination. You will succeed, but you’ll also have failures, & when you do, take what you’ve learned & try again. Don’t miss an opportunity to challenge yourself.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Visit defectivebarbie.com for every reason you could possibly think of. You can view my artworks in person at Golden Moon Gallery in San Mateo, CA, or visit me in my studio space at The Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, every 2nd Thursday for the Downtown LA Art walk. You can support my art by adopting it and hanging it on your wall.

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