On the Cover: Kirsten Dierup | December 2019

Lisa Di Venuta, Chronogram, December 4, 2019

Kirsten Dierup's vivid, multidimensional paintings evoke the feeling of a visceral dream, full of uncanny details you can't place in memory and yet are somehow familiar. Deirup achieves this phantasmagorical effect by mining her subconscious, with the help of periodic insomnia. If she can't fall asleep, she lays in the dark and focuses on summoning images, a practice that often results in a jolt of artistic inspiration. "I'm hyper-focused," says Deirup. "Once I get the image in my head, I can work for hours and hours."