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Christina West

Biography to Display: 

1980 Born

EDUCATION

2002Study Abroad, Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy

2003BFA Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan

2003-2004Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

2006MFA New York State College of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

RESIDENCIES

2006Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2008Artist in Residence, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, New York

2010Artist in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska

2011Guest Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013Artist in Residence, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2007-2009Visiting Lecturer, Ceramics, The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

2009-2015Assistant Professor of Art, Three Dimensional Studies, Ceramics, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

2015—Associate Professor of Art, Three Dimensional Studies, Ceramics, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Christina West is known for hollow-constructed hand-built and slip-cast life-size figurative sculpture and installation art.

West uses ceramic slip, non-ceramic materials including resin for slip-cast work and prior to 20170 United States Gypsum Ultracal® 30 Gypsum Cement, and from 2017 onward Hydrocal® Brand FGR 95 Gypsum Cement.  Signature forms include the life-size human figure, and attenuated portrait busts juxtaposed with everyday household items.

Installations may employ scale shifting to alter the narrative of figures with selective interior objects. Picture frames, Venetian blinds, chairs, etc. may be incorporated. As of 2018, figures are white sometimes with one vibrant color red, blue, etc. used with restraint on the human forms. Earlier installations from 2008-2013 use allover color application of blue, pink, or yellow figures. Approach to color is consistent with each installation. In addition to ceramic materials, West occasionally uses other material to augment her figures: namely wood, cloth, and other props.

West changes the formal portrait busts by replacing the face with an inlay of concentric irregular colored ovals in the otherwise white table-top scale conventional head and shoulder sculpture. West is interested in the history of the portrait bust, and how the art form has been used to develop a sense of the humanity of the person portrayed.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona

Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas

Gloryhole Collection, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Barr, Peter. 2007-2008 Clay in Art International Yearbook. Athens, Greece: Greece Clay Art International, 2008.

Clark, Garth, “Garth Clark Speaks with Christina West,” Cfile, March 18, 2015, https://cfileonline.org/interview-garth-clark-speaks-with-christina-west/.

Cox, Caroline, “Q&A: Sculptor Christina West,” Common Creativity ATL, June 8, 2016, http://www.commoncreativatlanta.com/?p=7777.

Garcia, Edith. Ceramics and the Human Figure. London, UK: A&C Black Publishers, 2012.

 

 

Typical Marks
Male Figure
Date: 2006
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Paint
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Look
Date: 2008
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
ex. Candice B Groot Collection, Treadway Toomey Auctions, April 16, 2016, lot #138
ex. Candice B Groot Collection, Treadway Toomey Auctions, April 16, 2016, lot #138
Portrait of a Cool Guy
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Unmet #6
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 8, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/west-1