Werner Meyer, Kunsthalle Göppingen "Exhibition Statement"
for Cristina Barroso
In her works, Cristina Barroso grapples with, examines, and uses all kinds of maps. Conventional maps and topographic city photographs form the substratum for colors and textures in her painting. What comes into existence is pictorial topography, a unique metaphorical language within the context of what is described as “mapping” in art discourse. Geographic textures and painterlystructures mutually interpret each other as systems and patterns. Names and numbers underscore the conceptual idea to, in turn, measure the works and, with meanings, give orientation to the pictorial space and create imaginary territories. In these paintings, the observer finds the astonishment of the traveler, literary allusions, and the artist’s abstracting, painterly presence.