Christina A. West is an Atlanta based artist who makes figurative objects and installations. Her work is rooted in an interest in the limits of what we can know about other people given that we never have direct access to their interiority. Her recent Unmet series is comprised of portrait busts that are cast with multiple colors in their interiors. The faces of the figures are carved away, excavating strata of color that present unpredictable shapes and patterns. The interiors allude to cross-sections seen in anatomy books, while also suggesting something about the complexity of character and psychology that make others so mysterious.
Christina earned her BFA from Siena Heights University (Adrian, MI) and her MFA from Alfred University (Alfred, NY). She extensively exhibits her work across the United States in venues such as the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Plug Projects (Kansas City, MO), and Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta). Christina’s work has been supported by awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, The Clay Studio-Philadelphia, the George Sugarman Foundation, and the Southeastern College Art Conference. Christina is an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia State University.
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