Create Erase Repeat is an ongoing Charleston Artist Festival video series presented by Charleston Arts Festival and Charleston City Paper. The video series follows a whiteboard to different locales and invites Charleston-based artists to create their own original art before erasing it for the next artist. Each artist speaks about their personal influences and how Charleston has affected them as an artist. A room at the Charleston Arts Festival Finale will be dedicated to Create Erase Repeat and will showcase large-scale prints of each artist's final work. A reel of all of the creations' mini documentaries will be shown, as well as behind the scenes highlights from each session.
Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media. His work has been primarily exhibited throughout the southeastern United States and is in private collections in New York and South Carolina. In 2015, Cristina was the recipient of the First Place prize for Fine Art and Drawing in the North Charleston Arts Festival Juried Exhibition. He currently resides and develops work in Charleston, South Carolina
After growing up in Alabama, Chechel moved to Charleston in 2009 to be with siblings that had already moved there. With a studio art background Chechel tried to figure out how to keep going with her artwork as well as making a living. Chechel then decided to get a degree in Nursing to allow for a career that would allow and support her start in an art career. While textures in nature are a big influence in her art, being near the water and a love for the the mysteriousness of the ocean has turned her focus towards fish and the school formations they make. Most of her schooling background is in photography, but once she got her hands into sculpture her medium took a turn. Today, her artwork focuses on detailed drawings mixing in watercolor and metal leafing. She then finishes her works by manipulating paper to pop out of itself while still being intact. Chechel's works are truly something to see and experience in person.
CONNOR LOCK aka SEVEN
As well as being an artist in Charleston, Connor also runs a company called S E V E N. Named after his lucky number, S E V E N isn't simply a graphic design company, just as Connor is not simply a designer. He embodies a multitude of skills that are transparent in his work. Whether you want a sleek logo or a quirky illustration of a pelican flying with a koala and a balloon, Connor is your man. His wheels are constantly turning. In fact, his noggin is a piece of art in itself.