Inspiration Corner: Christina Schmitt Studio Visit

This past week I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of Brooklyn-based artist and writer, Christina Schmitt. She was so gracious with her time and openness, we conversed for hours. Christina was born and raised in New York City and attended schools that fostered her creativity. Her father was an architect and mother was involved with the fashion industry, primarily as a seamstress and pattern-maker. When I first saw Christina's work, I noticed many parallels to textile design in the boldness of certain colors and repetition of motifs. I was instantly drawn to her work. As someone who academically excelled in mathematics, Christina continues to carry the mysteries of arithmetic and geometry into her art. Her newest body of work is called 'Energetic Geometries,' in which she explores how 'light is energy.' She moves between poetry and creating physical works of art with her hands. There is searching in her work that I find most inspiring. For more information on Christina and to see more of her work, visit her website, www.christinaschmitt.net. 

Christina in front of some of her beautiful geometric studies

Christina in front of some of her beautiful geometric studies

The studies in color 

The studies in color 

Some of Schmitt's earlier work with newer pieces above / in love with the very bold, gestural drawings

Some of Schmitt's earlier work with newer pieces above / in love with the very bold, gestural drawings

Wonderful repeating patterns layered upon upholstery fabric for added texture 

Wonderful repeating patterns layered upon upholstery fabric for added texture 

More patterns 

More patterns 

Beautiful studies 

Beautiful studies 

Origami experiments are displayed in front of a piece from her 'Energetic Geometries,' series entitled, 'Inner Vision in Red, Black, and Gold III: The Rational Mind and The Mystical Intertwined,' 48"x 48", acrylic & medium on panel, 2007 

Origami experiments are displayed in front of a piece from her 'Energetic Geometries,' series entitled, 'Inner Vision in Red, Black, and Gold III: The Rational Mind and The Mystical Intertwined,' 48"x 48", acrylic & medium on panel, 2007 

Her piece, 'Auger,' 48" x 48", varnish and oil over acrylic on panel, 2005

Her piece, 'Auger,' 48" x 48", varnish and oil over acrylic on panel, 2005