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Summer 2018: The Siberian Crater paintings, in progress

These are new paintings I've been working on this summer. I'm still working on the MTR series,  but as I was doing Google searches for "cracks in the earth" I came across images of the mysterious Siberian craters that have shown up in recent years. Here's a link to an article that offers an explanation of what is causing these holes: (hint, it's climate change). 

https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-07-30/huge-mysterious-holes-emerge-russian-tundra
These new paintings are very experimental and involve a lot of pouring of wet acrylic, which dries in these bubbly patterns that mimic the tundra and crusty surface around the craters. They've been very rewarding to work on, despite the disturbing topic. They're 20" x 20", and there will be six of them for now, but I'd like to keep adding to the series. I've been posting these to my Instagram site as well, so follow me @cristirinklin_studio to see works in progress and more. 

Cristi Rinklin