Work by UBC Alumni, Christina Knittel

Christina is an artist living in Kelowna BC, who creates abstract paintings using mixed media. She graduated in 2006 from UBC Okanagan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, where she studied drawing and digital media. Her work has been on display at many local venues and has participated in art shows for over 15 years. 

Colour and mark making are distinctive elements in Christina’s work. As an intuitive, process-based artist, she usually begins with a single colour applied with a gestural mark. She then responds with another, working with the movement and choosing colour combinations that feel right in the moment. By working this way, allowing the moment to determine what happens next, Christina makes room for the unexpected. This process produces a vibrant and gestural style that reflects the ebb and flow of everyday moments, their transitions, and our emotions in them. 

In the last 2 years, overwhelming uncertainty in the world often made it difficult for Christina to work in her usual process. The paintings included in Processing are special because they represent moments of reconnecting with calm and joy within that uncertainty. These paintings are dynamic and vibrant pieces of art that feel light and dreamlike, capturing the complexities of moving from moment to moment. They radiate a calm, joyful energy that she hopes people feel when they experience her work.