Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chris Aerfeldt


Chris Aerfeldt is one of the best painters dealing with nostalgia today (and that's saying something!). By recombining photos, toys and her parents recollections of their native Estonia she creates these dream-scapes. I think a lot of children of migrants will look at these and feel an instant kinship. Throughout their childhoop their parents have projected the land of their birth into this fairytale place- a utopia hybridized from their best memories. Aerfeldt puts this down on canvas, and the result is sadly absurd, but the beautiful rendering stops you from feeling too bad about having had the fantasy.

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