Colorado emerging artist, Christine Buchsbaum explores a deeply felt world of her own making. Utilizing photography to document her staged surreal, eccentric and expressive performances for the camera, Buchsbaum connects the viewer to a shared dream. The camera lens frames the compelling emotional terrain – an image of a bedroom with an old world bed, stripped down to the mattress and its bedcoverings bound and suspended above – is ripe for the viewers’ interpretation as to whether it’s narrative is one of promise or not. This balance of opposites is an active pursuit in Buchsbaum’s work as the real and the fake are inexplicably linked and what is unsettling is also at its core, sensual. The artist’s hard won set-ups – at the bottoms of swimming pools or under an overpass – require time and commitment aside from the complexities of the numerous stories the artist longs to tell. In the end, each evocative image makes it clear that an underlying narrative exists – though with intent, Buchsbaum offers a kind of universal truth that the story may never need to be told. The artist states, "My work is a performance-based documentation of personal experience – a reshaping of events that shaped me – strange mysteries of a strange world; narratives of an underlying consciousness.” Buchsbaum has a BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She was selected as a Visiting Artist and Artist in Residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Mandelieu-la-Napoule, France, an award winner at Artotique Biennial in London and a juror’s pick in numerous other exhibitions. She has exhibited at Denver’s RedLine Gallery and Colorado’s Arvada Center, among others, and Buchsbaum’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Denver Post, Art in America, Art, Ltd., American Contemporary Art Magazine, Zing Magazine and more.
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