These works are critical engagements with philosophical principals of aesthetics and questions of existentialism. In practice, this means that Dina Cline’s subject matter and artistic interpretations are constantly evolving.
Much of her early work was inspired by places and cultures she interacted with. Throughout her practice, color has been a profound element, functioning as the language with which she can communicate her shifting thoughts. In modern society, where everyone is constantly distracted, Dina believes color has the power to command attention. Her practice is very traditional in the sense that she works almost exclusively in oil paint and utilizes glazing without any additional materials.
More recently, her paintings have engaged with issues of psychology and mental health, as well as notions of the existence of God. As someone living with bipolar disorder and experiencing periods of mania and depression, Cline has a unique perspective on the human brain. The notion of a “manic” individual or episode has such a strong negative implication in our society, but these rapid, explosive thoughts that she experiences are exactly what spark the strongest moments of creativity. Her subject matter develops a narrative arc from series to series as a result of different emotional states, and thoughts she finds intriguing enough to explore deeply with her medium.