Krista Machovina

“For something that is such a solitary pursuit, creating art is paradoxically a powerful way to connect with people. It delights me to no end when someone connects with and wants to live with something I’ve made.”

About Krista

Krista Machovina is a painter and mixed media artist who draws inspiration from the sea and sky, vintage ephemera and found objects. Krista’s childhood was spent moving every 2-3 years with her military family including 3 years of high school in the Republic of the Philippines. She set down roots on the east side of Los Angeles 8 years ago. Krista holds a BFA in Art Education from the University of Illinois and an MA in Art Therapy from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

“I have been painting images of water for many years. I love being in and near the water as much as I can. In my eyes, the ocean acts as a mirror to its environment, changing constantly in reflection of the light and weather. This mutability translates into metaphors of feeling and being for me, and ultimately has infinite possibilities of interpretation.

After coming across an old family photo album from the 1920’s and 30’s I discovered that the love of water is something that I share with my grandmother and her parents. These were not rich people by any means, but the photos show that they took time off, and appeared to enjoy each other’s company at the shore. By working with these images I am able to get to know relatives I have never met, with water being a point of connection. My father’s Air Force career took us to Far East Asia, but trips to beaches on the South China Sea look awfully similar to days at Geneva on the Lake in the 1930’s. Although held apart in time and distance, I enjoy the thread of water running through generations, and showing up in my creative practice.”

– Krista Machovina

On display for one week beginning 7.2.21
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard 

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