Reckoning: Reflect, Regard, Repair
Reckoning's three components:
"Reflection" - Large mural of screen-printed, collaged images of historical documents and examples of norms and activities of White culture engagement.
"Regard: White Gaze" - Individual screen-printed glass pieces arranged to highlight the barriers that White culture builds/maintains to silence and exclude voices-of-color.
"Repair" - Community engagement piece aimed to generate conversation on Action Steps that disrupt and dismantle racism's systemic power.
Reckoning: Reflect, Regard, Repair
This print-based and community engagement installation illustrates the historical, structural, and behavioral construct of White culture, a culture designed to create, protect, and maintain the power of the few over the lives of the many.
4Culture Project Grant
I am excited to announce I have received a project grant from King County's 4Culture. This award will support my project "WhiteWash", an installation of print-based work on paper and glass.
The work will address the construct of Race in our country, focussing on decentering Whiteness.
Above is a preliminary piece; it will be joined by an additional 99 silkscreened glass panels in an installation titles "White Gaze".
The installation will be shown at Seattle Central College in Spring 2021. More information coming.
*Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Edwin T. Pratt*
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!
I'm starting off the year with work included in an exhibition honoring the life and legacy of Edwin T. Pratt, a Seattle/Shoreline civil rights leader whose life was taken 50 years ago/1969.
The serigraph, "Spite Fence" uses documentary material from the Pratt family archives. And includes a photo of Mrs. Pratt on the steps of the Pratt home, wording from Mr. Pratt's writing on integrated neighborhoods where he references "spite fences" built as marks of disapproval, and a photo of a picket fence in a Shoreline neighborhood.
"All are Created Equal" is a clay print with wording from the Declaration of Independence reminding us we are created equal with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The exhibition includes both visual and written work. The combination of pictures and poetry presents a powerful memorial to the important work this family contributed.
I'm particularly grateful to have work in this exhibition honoring Mr. Pratt as I work out of Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center which is named for Mr. Pratt.
*Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life*
Target Gallery Artist Talk and Reception
Wonderful Artist Talk and Reception at Target Gallery's show: Juxtaposed. Enjoyed the many deep conversations on my work. The show was hung beautifully and the work was strong. Thank you curator/juror Megan Rook-Koespsel for selecting my work. And Target Gallery's terrific staff - Leslie Mounaime, Hannah Son and interns - for their thoughtful management of this process. It was a splendid experience. Thank you.
Target Gallery Artist Talk and Reception
Juxtaposed Opening crowd.
Target Gallery Artist Talk and Reception
Juxtaposed Opening conversation.
Shipping off work for this show. Opening September 8 - October 21, 2018. At Target Gallery/Torpedo Factory Art Center, in Alexandria, VA.
I'm thrilled that three pieces were selected by juror Megan Rook-Koepsel for this show. They are on my website, titled "WhiteWash: Onlookers I", "WhiteWash: Onlookers II", and "Reflection".
If you are in the Washington DC area, please visit and let me know how the show engaged you.
And better still, attend the opening reception on October 12th, between 7 and 9 p.m. I'd love to see you.
ROAR: Your Voice. Your Story. Our Truth
"White Gaze" was accepted in Columbia City Gallery's 13th Annual Juried Exhibit. Jurors were Dwana Holloway (Studio e), Naomi Ishisaka (photographer/journalist) and Elisheba Johnson (Curator/Public Art Project Manager, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. Thank you all!
Show will be up August 15 - September 23, 2018 at www.ColumbiaCityGallery.com. Please contact me if you would like a personal showing. Thank you.
International Print Center New York (IPCNY)
"WhiteWash: Onlookers" has been selected for IPCNY's New Prints 2018 show. The "Edging Forward: New Prints 2018" exhibition will be shown January 11 - March 28, 2018. I plan to attend the opening on January 11th. And hope to meet the jurors Miguel A. Aragon, Natasha Becker, Pepe Coronado, Bernard Lumpkin, Jennifer Melby and Mark Waskow.
I'm thrilled of course! And grateful to IPCNY and their supportive programming.
I just hung a new Installation at the Pratt Window at TK during September 2017. The Tashiro Kaplan Building is at 312 S. Washington, Seattle 98104. Please stop by especially on First Thursday, September 7th.
Larry Sommers Fellowship
I am thrilled and honored to be the 2017 recipient of Seattle Prints Arts Larry Sommers Fellowship. I look forward to continue creating work that addresses social and political issues; now in his honor/name.
Thank You Seattle Print Arts and my supportive print community.
"Reflection" hits the streets:
Pieces will be included in FAKE NEWS REAL NEWS, a group show curated by Deborah Faye Lawrence at Seattle's Columbia City Gallery May 17- June 25, 2017. Please join me, the other artists and Gallery staff at the Artist Reception at 6 p.m. at the Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.
A solo installation of this work will be shown at the Pratt Fine Arts Center Window at Tashiro Kaplan for the month of September, 2017. Stop by during First Thursday, September 7th for conversation on race.
*HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!*
I've entered the MODERN world of social media. Here's my first video, in great appreciation to Timothy Firth.
NEW WORK - "WHITEWASH" CONTINUED .....
This is a prototype of "Reflection", a proposed installation of up to 50 back-to-back mirrors, hung at eye-level from the ceiling. Each mirror piece has a word printed/sandblasted onto its surface. Words were selected from personal interviews/conversations that address the characteristics of whiteness, and words that represent the beliefs and behaviors that keep white power in place. As the back-to-back mirrors swivel, one recognizes the double entendre of the mirrors' word groupings.Words are both reflected back to the viewer while being reflected off adjacent mirrors.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016
It's a busy January with work in two shows and lots of studio time.
Elegy/WhiteWash at Pratt Fine Arts Center - Solo exhibition of etchings and serigraphs that address racism and the actions and systems that keep white power dynamics in place. It focuses on our country's historical contradiction of promoting liberty, freedom and democracy on the one hand and maintaining a system of slavery and exploitation of people who are non-white on the other.
Elegy: Six etchings in a series of memorial portraits that honor and mourn the loss of specific young black men and women killed by security patrol and police violence, bred by ignorance, arrogance and fear. All life is interrelated. Their loss is my loss is our loss.WhiteWash explores the social construction of whiteness. Historical and cultural references from nearly 350 years of slavery and Jim Crow through the present, show racial disparities and illustrate what has been whitewashed, ignored, rationalized and suppressed in order to keep systemic white privilege in place.
Hot Off the Press, Contemporary Prints at Cascadia College - Group show. I am showing serigraphs from my West Meets East series. The work springs from observations, reflections and documentation of travel in India; it explores the concepts of orientation and disorientation and the ways in which seemingly contradictory images and unexpected pairings co-exist in contemporary culture.
With every good wish for a joyous New Year, Christina
POWER OF THE PRESS
Elegy: Trayvon Martin - one in a six-part series of etchings that honor and mourn the lives and memories of specific young black men and women who have lost their lives through white-upon-black ignorance, violence and fear - has been juried into "Power of the Press", a show at Ashland University's Coburn Gallery August 27 - October 31, 2015. I am thrilled.
Ashland University holds a historical collection of prints displaying content relating to social and political issues.
I hope you can visit the show!
2015 Seattle Print Arts Exhibition is being held at the Bellevue (WA) College Gallery from March 4 - April 8, 2015
"Homage a' Delhi", a Unique Relief Print on Rives BFK using wood template, silkscreen, pronto plate and chine colle'd found material has been juried into this exhibition.
THE MEANING OF WOOD
I have a piece in this invitational exhibit of WA, OR and BC artists addressing the fate of trees, highlighting the recreational, commercial and material significance of wood to our region. The show is curated by Suze Woolf and includes paintings, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
I will be giving tours from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on February 13 and March 27.
Exhibit runs through March 29, 2015. Location: Washington Convention Center, North Gallery at 800 Convention Place (9th and Pike Street), from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Images and Artist Lead Tour times available on Facebook page, "The Meaning of Wood".
*HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014*
2013 proved to be a very successful year. I enjoyed having my work out in the world and the many interesting conversations I had around it. Thank you all for your support.
I now am happily working in my studio on a new body of work. I'm experimenting, producing, revising, tossing, researching, drawing, printing, painting and making 3-D objects. Not quite sure what is going to come out of it; that's both the challenge and joy.
Best wishes to you all for a very Happy New Year full of good health, creativity
and abundant joy. With every good wish, Christina
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW, BROTMAN GALLERIA
July - December, 2013
Tomorrow I will install a show, "West Meets East II", in the Universtiy of Washington William H. Gates Hall School of Law, Brotman Galleria. I am very excited to have my work shown in this beautiful public space.
The print-based work springs from my observations, reflections and documentation of travel in India. And examines the abstract experience of discovery of place, history, culture and universal patterns of behavior.
The UW School of Law is located in William H. Gates Hall near the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus near the intersection of 15th Avenue NE and NE 43rd Street. The Brotman Galleria is open weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm.
IDEA ODYSSEY: HISTORY X, CONTEMPORARY Y - JUNE 2013
I'm pleased to be included in this juried show, exploring how our histories shape our contemporary understanding of representation and identity. I'm looking forward to talking with the juror, Mark Takamichi Miller as I greatly admire his work and community activities. And to meeting fellow exhibitors as well.
The opening is Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5-8 p.m. at Tougo Coffee, 1410 18th Avenue, Seattle, WA. The show runs through July 31, 2013.
The exhibit features work from Daniel Carrillo, SuJ'n Chon, Carina A. del Rosario, Victor Fuentes, Naoko Morisawa, Joe Park, Roy Powell, Christina Reed, Liz Ruest, Star Rush, Phil Stoiber and Robert Wade.
STOREFRONTS ARTISTS' PROJECTS 2013 ROSTER
I am happy to announce that my work has been selected by Shunpike's Storefronts Artists’ Projects 2013 Roster. The work will be shown at Storefronts Mount Vernon. Storefronts Mount Vernon is dedicated to supporting the vitality of downtown Mount Vernon, by producing short-term pop-up projects by local and regional artists in vacant retail real estate.
JULY 22, 2013: THE MEANING OF WOOD
My graphite piece, "Forest I", will be included in the Lower Columbia College show, THE MEANING OF WOOD, curated by Suze Woolf.
The opening reception is July 22, 2013, on the college's campus in Longview, Washington. The show runs through August 26, 2013. Come one; come all!
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2013
1426 S. Jackson Street OPEN STUDIOS
Sunday, May 12th, 2013
2 pm - 7pm
I will be holding an Open Studio as part of 1426 South Jackson Studios' annual Open Studios event. More than 25 artists will open their studios for public viewing. The group is diverse and includes painters, sculptors, printmakers, woodworkers, and video and sound artists, on three floors of studio spaces.
Please come to see what I have been up to. I'll have a variety of print-based work to share with you: relief prints, sequins, cards, and hand-printed metal garlands. I'm looking forward to seeing you.
For more information and event postcard @ http://www.1426studios.com.
NOVEMBER 1-30, 2012
West Meets East, Juried One-Person Show; Pratt Fine Arts Gallery at Tashiro Kaplan, 312 South Washtington Street #A1, Seattle, Washington, November, 2012.
Reception 1st Thursday November 1, 5-8 p.m.
This print-based installation references the traveler's abstract experience of discovery in relation to place, history, and culture.