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Christina Graf

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Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY

Website

Schools
Parsons School of Design
SUNY Purchase
Queens College

Tags
graffiti/street-art, abstract, photography, paper art painting, hand-cut paper, paper sculpture, paperworks mixed-media performance, artist, paper, Cut, Scherenschnitte, Installations installation, modern, diorama, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance

Statement

My use of paper as an art material is primarily influenced by the memory of a beloved childhood pet, a Rose Hair Tarantula. I was instantly fascinated the first time I witnessed the spider’s molting process. After each shedding, the spider's old skin was left behind, completely intact – as if there were now two creatures occupying the space. The delicate new shell resembled a frozen remnant of a previous existence. I saw this as a hollow twin, representing both life and death.


Inspired by the idea of molting, I create sculptures using paper, which – in both strength and vulnerability - resembles skin. I tend to use clothing forms, because clothing, like skin, is a vessel that contains an individual's life and personal experience. I use the form of empty clothing to evoke a presence. This presence conveys a feeling, thought or story as if it had been preserved or frozen in time.

 

Recent Exhibits

Christina Graf participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2011 Dear Japan: Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Crisis Relief Benefit Art Exhibition
Art Connect New York Gallery Space
 
May, 2011 The Enchanted Forest
Strychnin Gallery
 
Mar, 2011 MF GALLERY PRESENTS: THE 40oz SHOW
MF Gallery
 
May, 2010 I NEED YOUR SKULL
MF Gallery
 
Feb, 2010 7 Year Itch
Strychnin Gallery
 
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