Christina Dentov Clark
I am a self-taught artist, and I have been painting for more than 20 years. I started painting abstract oil paintings – at first, it was for decorative purposes as I needed something to put on my walls. But I quickly realized that the painting process gave me some tools to work on thoughts and issues on a psychological level. I switched from oil to acrylic paint because of a desire to speed up the creative process.
I have an MA degree in translation and interpreting and have worked as a freelance translator ever since I got my degree in 1999. At the end of 2020, I decided to try and see if I could manage to divide my work week between translation and painting. At the start of 2021, I set up an Instagram account and started to upload some of my work, and within one week, I was contacted by a caster from Mastiff, a TV production company, who wanted to know if I would be interested in taking part in the Danish version of Artist of the Year, Danmarks Bedste Portrætmaler 2021. I decided to take the plunge and say yes. This decision forced me to get a lot more creative and really pushed me in a whole new direction as I had to paint portraits for the first time. I was really surprised and impressed with my progress.
I am still evolving, becoming braver and more creative.
My work often expresses a certain mood or narrative. I gather much of my inspiration from personal experiences or looking through old photo albums – both my own or albums I have picked up from thrift shops or flea markets because I like finding photos with odd expressions that trigger feelings or issues I can put onto the canvas, and that I hope the audience will find inspiring or, perhaps, provocative