Christine Meuris

Stress Fracture, 2018-19

The Stress Fracture series is an outgrowth of the colorful mandala-like pieces in the Bargello Works series.  I removed all but a few dots of color and introduced cracks.  The cracks initially called to mind the calving of icebergs and the break up of polar ice.  As I continue the work, the image of a mandala--the symbol of universality, wholeness and integrity--breaking apart has grown to be a potent symbol of the generalized stress of living with the results of the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stress Fracture 1
Stress Fracture 1

Sumi ink on tea stained paper. 22"x22", 2018 Collection of the City of Berkeley

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Stress Fracture1, detail
Stress Fracture1, detail
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StressFracture 2
StressFracture 2

Sumi ink on tea stained paper. 22"x22", 2018

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Stress Fracture 2, detail
Stress Fracture 2, detail
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Stress Fracture 3
Stress Fracture 3

Sumi ink on tea stained paper. 22"x22", 2018

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Stress Fracture 3, detail
Stress Fracture 3, detail
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Stress Fracture 4
Stress Fracture 4

Sumi ink on tea stained paper. 22"x22", 2018 On loan through 2019

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Stress Fracture 4, detail
Stress Fracture 4, detail
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Stress Fracture 5
Stress Fracture 5

Sumi ink on tea stained paper. 22"x22", 2019

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Stress Fracture 5, detail
Stress Fracture 5, detail
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