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These Kristen Schiele paintings are evocative of cinematic images of space travel. After all, the vibrant colors, surreal elements and geometric shapes used are all things Hollywood popularly harnesses to depict journeying through hyperspace.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Kristen Schiele readily admits that her paintings are inspired by “stage sets, cinema, folklore, allegory, kitsch and story telling that is psychologically dramatic and playful.” Her kinship to the dramatic arts certainly comes across in her paintings as each piece gives off specific vibes which take viewers on voyages of different emotions and feelings, much like cinema. The way she contrasts solid shapes with quick organic brushstrokes also gives viewers the sensation that they’re looking at digital special effects, even though her work is analog.