Exhibiting under the alias defectivebarbie, this alternate identity was created to represent Christina Leta in the early phases of the digital world in 2000 & later grew into an art practice. Christina Leta’s work has been featured in solo & group exhibitions throughout the west coast & was featured at auction held in Queensland Art Gallery to benefit the Lady Musgrave Trust, held in Brisbane, Australia. Her work is held in numerous private collections throughout the US, & internationally in Spain, Switzerland, Australia, & Canada. In print her artworks have been featured in magazine publications such as Volition & Southwest Art, including online art & health platforms like The Creators Project, Vice, The LIA Project & Recovery Warriors. Native to California, Christina settled into the Los Angeles area in 2012 to begin her art practice full time. Christina has also curated, participated in charitable events, helped shape lessons in art education, & as of 2016 begun translating her art into public murals.
Eyes have been long considered to be windows or mirrors of the soul. These portraits embody a connection of reality & imagination, linking celestial bodies to fragile & temporary human forms. Abstract concepts of self & perception are represented by the swirls & textures obscuring the eyes in each artwork. The surreal elements are splattered with stars, symbolizing a universe, to represent the soul or inner world of the subject to create a portrait of self that reveals these unseen elements of personality. Human connection, our vast global network of souls, is more complex & has more potential for beauty than gender, skin color, culture or belief can describe. Both foreign & familiar, the unknown equalizes us all, & seeing ourselves in unexpected ways, reflected in watercolor, acrylic, & pastels, can constructively disrupt our senses, & reveal our selves more clearly; clearer than reflective glass, binary code, or genetic helix can capture. Somewhere in these inanimate artworks you may find yourself reminded of our animate but intangible true selves, & how you are choosing to see the darkness or light of beauty with your perception, not just your eyes.