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Christina Graf

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Nest, ©Christina Graf 2009 Paper Life-size Paper Dress & Paper Birds. Approx 3 Feet Wide X 4.5 Feet High © ©Christina Graf 2009
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Nest (detail), ©Christina Graf 2009 Paper. Life-size Paper Dress & Paper Birds. Approx 3 Feet Wide X 4.5 Feet High © ©Christina Graf 2009
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Nest (detail), ©Christina Graf 2009 Paper. Life-size Paper Dress & Paper Birds. Approx 3 Feet Wide X 4.5 Feet High © ©Christina Graf 2009
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Empathy & Hope, ©Christina Graf , 2011 Mixed Media- Paper, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch Approx. 8" X 5" X 8" (bird and Hand) Approx. 12" X 9" X 12" (with Branch) © Christina Graf
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Empathy & Hope (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2011 Mixed Media- Paper, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch Approx. 8" X 5" X 8" (bird and Hand) Approx. 12" X 9" X 12" (with Branch) © Christina Graf
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L’animal dans la decoration (Peacock), ©Christina Graf, 2009 Paper Dress, Hand-cut Paper (black Momi Paper, Mounted on Acid-free Watercolor Paper) Dress- Approx. 3’wx3’l (train of Skirt)x4.5’h, 34 Bust, 26 Waist Hand-cut Paper: 10’wx6’h (4 Sections – Easy Detach/assemble) © Christina Graf
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L’animal dans la decoration (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2009 Paper Dress, Hand-cut Paper (black Momi Paper, Mounted on Acid-free Watercolor Paper) Dress- Approx. 3’wx3’l (train of Skirt)x4.5’h, 34 Bust, 26 Waist Hand-cut Paper: 10’wx6’h (4 Sections – Easy Detach/assemble) © Christina Graf
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Vanitas I: Foresight, ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch 7" X 9" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas I: Foresight (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch 7" X 9" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas I: Foresight (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch 7" X 9" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas I: Foresight (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, Wooden Branch 7" X 9" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Hangin' There, ©Christina Graf, 2007 Lightbox Diorama; Mixed Media- Paper, LED Lights, Wood 8.25" X 8.25" X 24" © Christina Graf
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Hangin' There (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2007 Lightbox Diorama; Mixed Media-paper, LED Lights, Wood 8.25" X 8.25" X 24 © Christina Graf
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Vanitas II: Compendium 1, ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, LED Light 7" X 6" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas II: Compendium 1, ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, LED Light 7" X 6" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas II:Compendium 1 (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, LED Light 7" X 6" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Vanitas II: Compendium 1 (detail), 2012 Mixed Media- Incl. Paper Skull Diorama, Hand-cut Wood, LED Light 7" X 6" X 6" © Christina Graf
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Brooklyn – a collaboration with Matt Siren, ©Christina Graf, 2008 Mixed Media – Rice Paper & Hand-cut Paper, Silkscreen on Metal Street Sign 22" W X 30" H © Christina Graf
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Brooklyn – a collaboration with Matt Siren (detail), ©Christina Graf, 2008 Mixed Media – Rice Paper & Hand-cut Paper, Silkscreen on Metal Street Sign 22" W X 30" H © Christina Graf
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Brooklyn – a collaboration with Matt Siren (detail), ©Christina GRaf, 2008 Mixed Media – Rice Paper & Hand-cut Paper, Silkscreen on Metal Street Sign 22" W X 30" H © Christina Graf
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Brooklyn – a collaboration with Matt Siren, ©Christina Graf, 2008 Mixed Media – Rice Paper & Hand-cut Paper, Silkscreen on Metal Street Sign 22" W X 30" H © Christina GRaf
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Brooklyn, NY
Schools
SUNY Purchase
Queens College
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
Tags
diorama, modern, Installations installation, Scherenschnitte, Cut, paper, artist, paperworks mixed-media performance, paper sculpture, hand-cut paper, paper art painting, photography, abstract, graffiti/street-art, 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.