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).