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Christa Donner
updated: 03/20/2008
website: www.christadonner.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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Inner Eye
Secret Symptom (installation view and detail through peephole)
Symptom
Leak
Transfusion
Pregnancy Test
Surrogate
Demedicalization Manifesto (front and back views)
Hermaphroditic
Inheritance
Alternate Birthing Plan #6
Gut Money?
Translucent Transformation (excerpt)
Ride This
Re:Production - Suggestions from the Animal Kingdom
 
Portfolio Keywords:  anatomy, feminist, collage, figurative, gender/sexuality, cartoon, science
 
 
Inner Eye by Christa Donner
Inner Eye
ink, acrylic, photo-collage, cut paper
2007
22" x  17" 
Secret Symptom (installation view and detail through peephole) by Christa Donner
Secret Symptom (installation view and detail through peephole)
mixed media installation with ink, acrylic, and screenprinted wallpaper
2005
9'" x  15'"  x 02'" 
Symptom by Christa Donner
Symptom
Ink, acrylic, foam, tissue party decoration and cut paper
2005
9'" x  8'"  x 2'" 
Leak by Christa Donner
Leak
ink, acrylic, cut paper
2007
29" x  20"  x .5" 
Transfusion by Christa Donner
Transfusion
ink, cut paper, upholstery foam, acrylic, and performance
2005
Dimensions variable
Pregnancy Test by Christa Donner
Pregnancy Test
Ink and latex paint on wall, paper, and air duct
2008
11'" x  9'"  x 4'" 
Surrogate by Christa Donner
Surrogate
ink, acrylic, gouache
2007
35" x  25" 
Demedicalization Manifesto (front and back views) by Christa Donner
Demedicalization Manifesto (front and back views)
ink and screenprinting on paper
2005
15" x  120"  x 1.5" 
Hermaphroditic by Christa Donner
Hermaphroditic
ink, acrylic, cut paper
2007
7'" x  6'" 
Inheritance by Christa Donner
Inheritance
ink, acrylic, cut paper collage
2007
27" x  28.5"  x .5" 
Alternate Birthing Plan #6 by Christa Donner
Alternate Birthing Plan #6
pigmented ink, acrylic, cut paper
2007
39" x  30" 
Gut Money? by Christa Donner
Gut Money?
ink and cut paper, ATM machine, collaborative public intervention with Erik Hoff and Jack Moore
2006
Dimensions variable
Translucent Transformation (excerpt) by Christa Donner
Translucent Transformation (excerpt)
56-page zicollaborative zine with screenprinted cover, xeroxed interior, rubber band binding
2006
8"" x  7"" 
Ride This by Christa Donner
Ride This
ink and acrylic on cut paper, photo documentation of collaborative public intervention with Betsy Melchers
2006
Dimensions variable
Re:Production - Suggestions from the Animal Kingdom by Christa Donner
Re:Production - Suggestions from the Animal Kingdom
(still) digital animation with hand-drawn images
2008
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
Drawing is both my microscope and my scalpel: a tool to investigate the human body through sensation and imagination. My work explores the complexity of internal and external body image, its roots in the notion of hysteria, and the ways that we misinterpret or mis-imagine our health and ourselves. Illness and injury, sexuality, reproductive biologies, power, and mass media are all key elements of my visual research.

Using paper to explore the fragile but flexible nature of the body's internal workings and the ephemeral nature of its surface makes a lot of sense to me, whether it's through the intimacy of hand-held comics, the layered illogic of collage on paper, or the immersive qualities of large-scale drawing and installation. This inquiry allows me to transform misunderstanding and anxiety into a personal, magical, powerful reimagining of the body and its processes.

My practice extends beyond my own experience, incorporating public exchange both in and outside of the art world through workshops, collaborative projects, interview-based comics and small-press zines.

Artist Bio / CV

SOLO EXHIBITS
2008 Alternative Anatomies, Intl. Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
2008 Re(Re)Production, SPACES, Cleveland, OH
2004 New Works on Paper, Kravets-Wehby, New York, NY
2001 Nervous Systems, William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2001 Christa Donner, ACME Art, Columbus, OH
1999 Pretty on the Insides, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH

GROUP EXHIBITS
2008 Out of Sequence, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL
2007 The Girl's Room, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Endless Forms: Engaging Evolution, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Narratives, Sequences, Characters, Dogmatic Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Drawn Out, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
2005 Christa Donner, Rick Gribenas, Mathias Kristersson, Wuthering Heights Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
2003 Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, originating Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; traveling to New Orleans, LA; Denton, TX; Lakeland, FL
2003 Body Politic / Fotofiesta, Centro Columbo Americano, Medellin, Colombia
2003 Isms, Pound Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003 Man, I Feel Like a Woman, SPACE 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2002 Body Politic, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE
2002 Relative Objects, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002 Bitch School: Artists Explore Our Attitudes Toward Strong Women, the Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY
1997 Team Adventure, New York Studio Program, New York, NY

PUBLIC PROJECTS
2007 Alternate Birthing Plans; interview-based zine and drawing project, SPACES World Artists Program Cleveland, OH
2006 Alternative Anatomies; collaborative public intervention and community zine project, Blue Sky Project, McHenry County, IL
2004 Dreamland Artist's Club; hand-painted signage, Creative Time, Coney Island, NY
2004 Art/Action/AIDS; four public billboards, Cleveland AIDS Taskforce, Cleveland, OH
2003 Free Advice; interview-based zine and public distribution project, self-published, Chicago, IL