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Leona Christie
updated: 03/31/2010
website: www.leonachristie.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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The Daughters of Quiet Minds #1
Opio-topia
That this Glider
Novelty and Thoughtography
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #2
Softcore
Hyperborean Dream
Hyperborean Dream (detail)
The Effluvium Objective
The Effluvium Objective (detail)
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #3
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, fantasy, feminist, figurative, futuristic, surreal, site-specific, organic, anatomy
 
 
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #1  by Leona Christie
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #1
Ink and gouache drawing
2008
22 " x  30 " 
Opio-topia   by Leona Christie
Opio-topia
Ink and gouache drawing
2008
22" x  30" 
That this Glider  by Leona Christie
That this Glider
Ink and gouache drawing
2008
28" x  42" 
Novelty and Thoughtography  by Leona Christie
Novelty and Thoughtography
ink and gouache drawing with mylar
2009
13" x  19" 
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #2 by Leona Christie
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #2
Ink and gouache drawing
2008
16" x  27" 
Softcore by Leona Christie
Softcore
Ink, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil drawing
2008
70 " x  44 " 
Hyperborean Dream by Leona Christie
Hyperborean Dream
Site-specific wall drawing with latex paint, mylar, ink on paper
2008
96 " x  168 " 
Hyperborean Dream (detail) by Leona Christie
Hyperborean Dream (detail)
Site-specific wall drawing with latex paint, mylar, ink on paper
2008
96 " x  168 " 
The Effluvium Objective  by Leona Christie
The Effluvium Objective
Cut and pasted paper with ink, gouache, and colored pencil
2009
66 " x  60 " 
The Effluvium Objective (detail) by Leona Christie
The Effluvium Objective (detail)
Cut and pasted paper with ink, gouache, and colored pencil
2009
66" x  60" 
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #3 by Leona Christie
The Daughters of Quiet Minds #3
Ink and gouache drawing
2008
22 " x  30 " 

Artist Statement
In my drawings and animation, I borrow the aesthetics of the filmic dream sequence in order to create images that are speculatively fanciful but culturally familiar. I limit my palette to neutral blues and browns, and play with narrative idioms from the dream sequence, crossbred with science fiction: weightlessness, transparency, scale shifts, space ships, hybrid forms, and “creature-esque” figures that merge the techno-mechanical and the organic. I’m interested in depicting a post-contemporary outer space, where bodies float in graceful resistance to gravity, objects are beholden to a law of bulbousness, and gesture punctuates the spatial continuum.

As I often conceive of my works on paper in terms of animation film stills, my video practice has emerged and evolved from my drawing practice. Conceptually, animation interests me both for its Pygmalion-like qualities (the conjuring of life by the artist) and for the interruption of this illusion through editing and montage.

Artist Bio / CV
Leona Christie’s drawings and animations have been exhibited at the Drawing Center ("Selections, Spring 1998"); Pierogi (Brooklyn); Boston University’s Sherman Art Gallery; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), G-Module (Paris), the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, and Incident Report (Hudson, New York), and have been reviewed or reproduced in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, New Art Examiner, and Art-Land (Copenhagen), among other publications. Christie has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Frans Masereel Center for Graphic Arts (Belgium), and she received a Fellowship at the Kala Printmaking Institute in Berkeley, California. In 2005, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Special Opportunity Grant, and in 2000, she received the Bay Area Visual Artist Award from New Langton Arts, San Francisco. Christie's work may be found in the public collection of the New York Public Library and the Achenbach Collection of Graphic Arts in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. She is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the State University of New York, Albany (SUNY).