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Koren G. Christofides
updated: 02/10/2013
website: www.drawingcenter.org
 
   
 
 
     
 
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By candle light women and goats look the same
By candle light women and goats look the same
By candle light women and goats look the same
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth
A woman can turn a man into anything she wants including an old woman
study for a ceramic sculpture
study for a ceramic sculpture
Voyage of the Beagle
Who can have the last word with his wife as her tongue wraps around her neck?
A woman's hair is her crowning glory
Seven Proverbs about Spinning
A petted woman does not spin
A story begins .... page 1
A story begins. Page 2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, gender/sexuality, figurative, humor, social criticism, feminist
 
 
By candle light women and goats look the same by Koren G. Christofides
By candle light women and goats look the same
ceramic
2013
18 " x  9 "  x 7 " 
By candle light women and goats look the same by Koren G. Christofides
By candle light women and goats look the same
ceramic
2013
18" x  9"  x 7" 
By candle light women and goats look the same by Koren G. Christofides
By candle light women and goats look the same
watercolor/paper
2013
8.5" x  11" 
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth by Koren G. Christofides
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth
ceramic
2012
10" x  8"  x 7" 
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth by Koren G. Christofides
A woman who dresses up looses her teeth
ceramic
2012
10" x  8"  x 7" 
A woman can turn a man into anything she wants including an old woman by Koren G. Christofides
A woman can turn a man into anything she wants including an old woman
ceramic
2012
18" x  11"  x 11" 
study for a ceramic sculpture by Koren G. Christofides
study for a ceramic sculpture
watercolor/paper
2013
8.5" x  11" 
study for a ceramic sculpture by Koren G. Christofides
study for a ceramic sculpture
watercolor/paper
2012
8.5" x  11" 
Voyage of the Beagle by Koren G. Christofides
Voyage of the Beagle
ceramic
2012
18" x  7.5"  x 7.5" 
Who can have the last word with his wife as her tongue wraps around her neck? by Koren G. Christofides
Who can have the last word with his wife as her tongue wraps around her neck?
watercolor/paper
2011
20 " x  14 " 
A woman's hair is her crowning glory by Koren G. Christofides
A woman's hair is her crowning glory
embroidery, fabric, beads, sequins, jewelry, fake hair, leather, fur/linen pillow case
2009-2010
26" x  30" 
Seven Proverbs about Spinning by Koren G. Christofides
Seven Proverbs about Spinning
hand knotted Tibetan Wool
2010 - 2011
60" x  36" 
A petted woman does not spin by Koren G. Christofides
A petted woman does not spin
embroidery, fabric, beads, fake leather,fur/fake fur
2010
17" x  12" 
A story begins .... page 1 by Koren G. Christofides
A story begins .... page 1
embroidery / beads / cloth / ribbon
2007
16 " x  22 " 
A story begins. Page 2 by Koren G. Christofides
A story begins. Page 2
embroidery, beads, fabric, trim/linen
2008 - 2011
20" x  48" 

Artist Statement

Koren Christofides

 

As a narrative artist I have always sought stories that inspire the creation of intriguing and/or odd imagery. 

 

Over time the use of myth has led to fables (La Fontaine), his contes (the erotic tales), to proverbs about women, to humor and irony. A parallel investigation of late is the (constant) drôlerie of the fashion world. Continuing in the spirit of «fun», could there be a better source of inspiration with which to clothe the figures in ensuing narratives?

 

For the past several years all of my work has been drawing based, whether I draw with a needle to combine myriad materials or draw in, on or out of clay for my ceramic sculptures. Imagining complex narrative thoughts in three dimensional forms has required me to seek symbols for such ideas and has made all of the work more conceptually selective. More and more biomorphic these works reflect the odd demands of my subject matter.

Artist Bio / CV

Koren Christofides

 

Koren Christofides, a narrative painter, born in Kansas, grew up in Seattle Washington. She received her BA Art History, BFA Painting and MFA Printmaking from the University of Washington where she studied with Jacob Lawrence. An extensive traveler throughout Western Europe, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, Iran, Columbia and Mexico she has always been drawn to the forms of ancient cultures and her work has been primarily informed by world mythologies.

 

Upon moving to France (1997- 2009), she organized an international, travelling exhibition of 100 artists from the USA, Europe and Asia, on the Fables of La Fontaine (Aix-en-Provence, Rome, Seattle and Baltimore). A selection of fables and images from this exhibition resulted in a new edition of Fables of La Fontaine Illustrated published by the University of Washington Press Seattle/London, 2006, of which she is the editor.This widely reviewed book, (including Le Monde and The Journal of Folklore Research) was recently awarded the Certificate of Excellence for book design and images by Bookbuilders West, San Francisco, 36th Annual Book Show.

 

While working on the Fables book Koren Christofides turned her attention to the Contes (erotic tales) of La Fontaine. In September 2005 she exhibited 50 paintings based on a single conte, entitled «The King of Africa’s Bride,» at the Centre d’Art et de la Culture, Aix-en-Provence.

 

At present her work has turned to proverbs, specifically about women, from all around the world.

 

She is represented by Gallery IMA, Seattle, where she presented Fashion,Fables and Proverbs, Embroideries, Ceramics and Paintings, a solo exhibition, in June 2012.