Exerpt from Christine's show Kinship at Levin Jewish Community Center in Durham, NC from Sept 12-Oct 15, 2017.
Human connections alter both participants in some way. How we interact with one another is encoded in us from an early age; these encounters can be very impactful, or can fade entirely beneath our conscious thought.
Kinship is a navigation of my experiences connecting with people different from myself in some physical or perceptual way. In our daily interactions, we are constantly absorbing new information, forming impressions, and experiencing emotional responses within ourselves. These experiences can linger, changing a deeply embedded conception of what it is to live another person’s life.
After years of working in the service industry, I began writing short character sketches and fabricated stories about the people I encountered. These were created using preconceived ideas and impressions based on appearance, behavior, location of the encounter, and attitude at that moment. I have always had an especially keen interest in observing the eclectic mixing of diverse groups of people and the ripple effects resulting from these chance encounters and the formation of momentary clashing or kinship.
Currently, my work is predominantly abstract. The use of mirror allows the observer into the piece; a connected experience occurs. The mirror universally represents vanity and an excess of self-regard, reflecting every blemish and physical imperfection. It can also symbolize wisdom and self-knowledge. I intentionally crack, cut, and shatter mirror in an attempt to portray universal human feelings of self-absorption, defeat, and self-loathing. The mirror doesn’t lie, however, nor does it reveal the complexities of human experience. The juxtaposition of mirror with other media is an exploration in which the vision tends to reveal itself in the process.