‘She Covered the Whole Street, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, in Vine Leaves and Rose Leaves’
By Steven Gontarski, blogger for Art & Music Magazine
This is a painting by Kirsten Glass that was included in her exhibition at xero, kline & coma London [in 2012.] The painting is mysterious, dreamy and a little bit spooky. A face emerges as though from a fairy tale mirror. Its horizontal positioning reminds me of an experience that my partner Rob and I had in our old flat. Recurring, inexplicable occurrences convinced us that the house was haunted. One particular night Rob woke up in a half-dream state to be looking right into the eyes of a glowing face looking back at him. He started screaming; it sounds scary and it was.
Kirsten has always been able to enter that liminal space between awake and mid-dream in her painting. This atmosphere in her work makes me think of Symbolist painters of the 19th Century like Franz von Stuck and Gustave Moreau. Never approaching pastiche, the resemblances occur in her themes, light and mood.