Christina West is an artist that creates contemporary sculptures, an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor, active imagination, and an innate impulse to create with her hands. If you meet her and she stares at you a bit too long, she’s probably just picturing you naked.
Christina West is an Atlanta-based sculptor adept at creating classically-inspired, anatomically correct busts and nudes, marred with bright paint or lines of enamel. Or sometimes West simply chops off parts of their faces.
She is living in Atlanta, GA where she is an Associate Professor of Ceramics at Georgia State University. She earned her MFA from Alfred University in 2006 and since has extensively exhibited her work across the country in many exhibitions.
Her color scheme is bright and bold; she steps sculptures in red pools of paint or spray paints them with neon pinks and yellows.
West’s sculptures do not provide answers or assertions, but embrace uncertainty through the provocation of more questions. The figures are permanently frozen mid-gesture in a moment that encourages the generation of ambiguous narratives. Stripped from the context of previous actions, the figures’ personalities, motives, intentions are malleable and unfixed in the viewers’ minds. Who they are is in a state of flux dependent on the stories viewers create.
She explains the themes of alienation in her work saying, “Even if we are good at reading visual cues and someone is being open with us, we can never be in another’s head as completely as we are in our own and vice versa.” Her classical style busts, which West has built up with multiple layers of colors, on the process of creation she says, “I carve into their fully articulated faces, slowly exposing interior strata of color and pattern. Similar to the process of excavation, I remove material with the aim of discovering new information. But the final pieces, rather than revealing something about the figure as a portrait would, present only a flat, opaque planes.”
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