Queen of Tears, The art of Kristine Erglis

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September 11 – 25, 2010

Opening reception: Saturday September 11, 2010, 2 - 5 p.m.

Kristine Erglis is a natural artist. “I love painting,” she says. “The sheer thrill of what I can create with my ink pots and water colours...Magical leapfrog in Wonderland... Jumping from idea to idea and once it starts it never stops.”

Kristine’s artistic vision and output changed dramatically after her mental health diagnosis. Her work documents the angst, turmoil, anguish and other changes wrought on her life as a result of this diagnosis. Her paintings document her inner state. The viewer often recognizes the moods, the emotions. She makes them visible with vibrant colours and metaphorical images which distil the very essence of our needs, fears, dreams and nightmares. She picks up on lyrics from songs and we see whimsical appearances of “Angels with Dirty Faces,”” Mermaids” and people “Waiting at A Bus Stop”, in rain, in snow, is all sorts of very Canadian weather.

Kristine lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she works as a painter, printmaker, and writer and is an active member of the Pedway Gallery and Creative Spirit East as well as Creative Spirit Art Centre in Toronto.