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Christina Graf

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Lives in
Brooklyn, NY

Works in
Brooklyn, NY


SUNY Purchase
Queens College
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn

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


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:

Oct, 2015 Tell Them Stories: Origins
Mark Miller Gallery
Sep, 2015 Realms of the Unreal
Gristle Art Gallery
Mar, 2015 Girls of the Underground
MF Gallery
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
MF Gallery
Click here to see all exhibits for Christina Graf
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