- "Daphne's Fist" 20x16" Oil on wood 2017
- "Daphne's Fingers" 16x20" Oil on wood 2018
- "Daphne" polaroid by Natasha Carlos, 2016
Christina Tonges Korn is a New Jersey native who earned her BFA in Art Education from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Now based in Los Angeles, Christina’s cinematic oil paintings are feminine with an underlying darkness.
“Secret Garden” took root in 2015 as a photo collaboration with Oakland based artist Natasha Carlos. Close friends and artistic confidants since high school, Christina and Natasha developed a character, staged, shot and later curated experimental polaroids. From these images, Christina began a series of oil paintings concerned with the emotional undercurrent of Daphne’s story and pushing the line between abstraction and realism to create a vivid point of view, where the viewer is both inside Daphne and looking upon her.
“Secret Garden” is a meditation on the plight of poor Daphne, transformed into a laurel tree as salvation from Apollo’s advances. This collaborative project explores the feminine connection to nature offset by a constant vigilance. Through photography and painting we depict a heroine who is searching for solace in nature. Our collaboration unpacks the survival lesson implied in this ancient story. Daphne’s transformation is a victory and also a punishment. Balancing a level of attractiveness that is pleasing to society but will not attract danger is sadly a shared female ordeal. Re-telling Daphne’s story through multiple media demonstrates the commonality of this experience and the message to many girls that their body is not their own. By exploring this myth together we hope to dispel its influence.
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