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Google Art Video

Google Art Video is a series of strange encounters between an artist and a belligerent version of herself. As the women discuss art, each represents a different side in a dialogue about the dynamics of creativity and the self-doubt with which women artists often struggle. This piece marks a pivotal shift in my work - the point at which I decided follow my true desire to do stand-up comedy.

Starbux Diary at The Stoop Storytelling Series

In this audio clip, I tell the story of my Starbux Diary project at The Stoop Storytelling series in 2009, about midway through the 10-year project. The story was also broadcast in-full on WYPR's The Signal and has become a pledge drive favorite at the radio station.

Stand-up Comedy (excerpt)

In this stand-up set, I use techniques from my performance art work such as talking on a banana while simultaneously calling attention to this long-standing cliche.

Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art

This is an excerpt of my current project, Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art, a performance in the form of an academic lecture. Using both real and invented characters, I create a parody of performance art history that satirizes and critiques the form while illuminating the very real struggles of women in a patriarchal art world. As the lecture progresses, I tap into my own fragile identity as a woman and an artist. The performance is accompanied by a visual art book that is a parody of an art historical survey.
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About Christine

Baltimore City

Christine Ferrera is a Baltimore-based performance artist and comedian. She began her artistic career as a painter and printmaker. After completing several series of paintings and artist books, she discovered a tendency toward narrative in her work and delved into time-based media. Inspired by the experimental monologues of Laurie Anderson and the surrealist humor of Andy Kaufman, Ferrera's performance work explores the intersection of art - with its rigorous pursuit of truth and aesthetic purity... more

Stand-up Comedy

I perform darkly absurd stand-up in clubs, conference rooms and crawl spaces internationally. I thrive on doing comedy that verges on performance art and deals with themes of feminism and self-esteem. I sometimes perform in-character as Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic, a very confessional comedian who delivers jokes with pre-recorded punchlines or as the even more tragic Carrot Bottom: A Prop Comic. I am currently developing a new, politically-themed comedy persona called America Lady for tour in 2017.

Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic, 2013 photo & video by Roberto Herrera
Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic, 2012 video by Guy Werner

  • Standard Comedy Headshot

    Comedian Christine Ferrera
    This is my standard comedy headshot.
  • Christine Ferrera at the Maryland Film Festival, 2016

    In this stand-up set, I use techniques from my performance art work such as talking on a banana while simultaneously calling attention to this long-standing cliche.
  • Carrot Bottom: A Prop Comic

    Female Carrot Top
    Carrot Bottom: A Prop Comic is a comedy routine in which I clumsily employ various props such as a banana, a giant cigarette, a fart machine and more.
  • Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic, 2013

    Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic is a bizarre comedy routine in which I confront my deepest fears by telling jokes with pre-recorded punchlines. The uncomfortable silence between the jokes draws attention to the pathos of the comic.
  • Jerry Lewis Impression

    Jerry Lewis Impression
    Awkward Pauzez does an impression of one of her icons, the famously angry and misogynist comedy legend Jerry Lewis.
  • America Lady, 2017

    America Lady
    America Lady is a guileless and completely out of touch American white woman attempting to do cutting-edge political comedy, including a dystopian parody of The Capitol Steps.
  • Amateur Night, 2012

    Amateur Night is a re-interpretation of a performance recorded at an amateur stand-up comedy contest. The jokes are replaced word-for-word with a computer translator and juxtaposed with the comedian's facial expressions while he pauses for laughter. This piece was the inspiration for Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic.
  • Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic, 2012

    Awkward Pauzez the Digital Comic debuted at the Videopolis Festival at Metro Gallery in 2012. The comic and her video doppelgänger perform jokes with pre-recorded punchlines and it is indeed awkward.

Starbux Diary: My 10-year Journey to Caffeinated Enlightenment

Starbux Diary: My 10-year Journey to Caffeinated Enlightenment began when I was at a Starbucks store and I noticed their customer feedback cards read, "We'd love to hear your thoughts..." Taking their invitation literally, I conceived of an endurance art project in which each day I jot down my ideas about life, love and art on a comment card and mail the original to Starbucks' customer relations department. Sometimes, Starbucks writes back.

A selection of diary entries, drawings and actuarial tables, this self-published book commemorates the tenth anniversary of my uniquely humorous take on endurance art. Starbux Diary: My 10-year Journey to Caffeinated Enlightenment was included in City Paper’s Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2015 and described as “Hilariously personal.”

Starbux Diary: My 10-year Journey to Caffeinated Enlightenment, 2015 book chapter design by John Moran
Starbux Diary Performance, 2013 video by Roberto Herrera

Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Story of Feminist Performance Art

Cats, Criminals & Comedians: The Untold Herstory of Feminist Performance Art is a performance in the form of an academic lecture. Using both real and invented characters, I create a parody of performance art history that satirizes and critiques the form while illuminating the very real struggles of women in a patriarchal art world. As the lecture progresses, I tap into my own fragile identity as a woman and an artist. The performance is accompanied by a visual art book that parodies an art historical survey.

Cats, Criminals & Comedians originated from my research on feminist theory and the subversive power of humor in art. The title refers to Freud’s essay, On Narcissism, in which he asserts that women, “especially the beautiful ones,” possess a primary narcissism similar to that of children, cats (and other beasts of prey), criminals, and humorists. I found that many of the inequities that existed in the past continue to persist and, in fact, female artists may be as marginalized as ever. After two decades working in the male-dominated fields of art and comedy, I felt inspired to combine my passion for performance art, stand-up and storytelling to focus attention on the issue that has largely defined my life and career - my gender. Cats, Criminals & Comedians is a densely layered and sly homage to the tenacity, innovation and radical spirit of women artists.

Stellar Cellar

Stellar Cellar is a journey through a woman’s subconscious, an evocation of Dionysus and a radio talk show about wine. As the host samples each vintage, her memories are conjured – funnel cake and dippin’ dots on the boardwalk, monks in Macedonia, the loss of her virginity in the back of a Honda Civic. Call-in questions, a car salesman from beyond the grave, and a dystopian weather and traffic report move her further into the deep layers of her psyche until a fox and a bear appear, revealing the sorrows of the animals. Finally, the shade of Emily Dickinson guides the host into the outer reaches of the spirit-filled world.

Stellar Cellar, 2014 video by Dustin Roddy
Stellar Cellar, 2014 photos by Bill Shewbridge

  • Stellar Cellar at the Charm City Fringe Festival, 2014

    Stellar Cellar was performed at Church and Company as part of the Charm City Fringe Festival in 2014. This production was written by Christine Ferrera and Dan Hanrahan with contributions by Greg Romero and performances by Christine Ferrera, Dan Hanrahan, Temple Crocker, Daniel Friedman and Sarah Lloyd.
  • Saint Cloud Viogner

    Saint Cloud Viogner
    The Host (Christine Ferrera) describes Saint Cloud Viogner, one of the best kept secrets in the wine world.
  • Jim's Crazy

    Jim's Crazy
    Jim's Crazy (Dan Hanrahan) advertises his all-weekend, all blowout deluxe carpet showroom super sale while his wife (Temple Crocker) listens.
  • Giovani Monaci

    Giovani Monaci
    The Host (Christine Ferrera) describes Giovani Monaci, a fabulous new pinot grigio made by some wonderful monks in Macedonia.
  • Buffalo and Fart Face

    Buffalo and Fart Face
    Buffalo and Fart Face (Dan Hanrahan & Temple Crocker) give a dystopian weather and traffic report.
  • Dave Matthews Merlot

    Dave Matthews Merlot
    As the Host tastes the Dave Matthews merlot, she remembers losing her virginity in the back of a Honda Civic, which causes a women to cry (Temple Crocker).
  • Fox and Bear

    Fox and Bear
    A fox and bear appear (Sarah Lloyd & Daniel Friedman), revealing the sorrows of the animals.
  • Jerry Karpeziak

    Jerry Karpeziak
    Jerry Karpeziak (Dan Hanrahan), a car salesman from beyond the grave, tells his story.
  • Emily Dickenson

    Emily Dickenson
    The shade of Emily Dickenson guides the Host into the spirit-filled world.

Google Art Video

Google Art Video is a series of strange encounters between an artist and a belligerent version of herself. As the women discuss art, each represents a different side in a dialogue about the dynamics of creativity and the self-doubt with which women artists often struggle. This piece marks a pivotal shift in my work - the point at which I decided follow my true desire to do stand-up comedy.

Stephanie Ferrera, a brilliant Bowen Theorist and my mom, described the project as follows:

"With exquisite nuance in facial expression and voice, the artist captures the painful self-undermining emotional process inherent in creative work, and mirrors the more universal tension between longing and fear inherent in human relationships."

Google Art Video, 2013 photos & video by Roberto Herrera

  • Google Art Video, 2013

    Google Art Video was performed at VisArts Art Center as part of Between You & Me, a solo show of video and performance.
  • Google Rape

    Google Rape
    Pink describes her new video project about art, love, war, language, facade, technology, colonialism, dreams, gender, sustainability, indulgence and metaphor, among other things.
  • Google Communication

    Google Communication
    Pink literally spells out her feelings about art.
  • Google Vulnerability

    Google Vulnerability
    Pink tries to turn the tables by asking Green about her new video project.
  • Google Meaning

    Google Meaning
    When Pink asks Green what her art is about, Green does not take the bait.
  • Google Unity

    Google Unity
    Pink and Green nearly experience a moment of unity and stillness, but not quite.
  • Google Echo

    Google Echo
    Green tries to locate the precise moment when she lost hope.
  • Google Zeitgeist

    Google Zeitgeist
    Green finally gives Pink some answers but it's uncertain if Pink is satisfied.
  • Between You and Me at VisArts Art Center, 2013

    Between You and Me
    Between You and Me is a solo show of video and performance, first presented at VisArts Gallery in 2013. Counter-posing live and recorded performance, this collection of work contemplates art, humor and feminism.
  • Between You and Me at Amsterdam Fringe Festival, 2014

    Between You and Me
    Google Art Video was presented at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in 2014 as part of my solo show, Between You and Me.

Making Art Not Money

Making Art Not Money is a drawing, painting, photograph, video, performance, joke, poem, story, song, found object, etc. In 2016, I quit working full-time for the first time in my life. As a meditation on labor and creativity, each day for one year I will make a piece of art to celebrate the time I have gained by not making money.

Personal Ads

Personal Ads are collaged images and text from newspapers and magazines painted to evoke hand-made signs. Each surface is saturated with eye-popping color and campaign slogans are transmuted into short poems.

Gadi Dechter of Baltimore's City Paper described the work as follows:

"Ferrera paints in vivid, unnatural colors, superimposing artificial hues on her subjects (blond hair on dark-skinned women, for example) in the same way that consumer culture often imposes its beauty standards on its subordinates. That the slogans are written in broken English--familiar to anyone who has visited the non-English-speaking world--further emphasizes the misleading power of consumer advertising.

Ferrera also creates ironic tension by infusing sexual, racial, and political currents into these messages: In one work, a semi-reclining woman in a provocative red dress poses in front of a tube labeled 'feel real' with the slogan 'cock smart!' emblazoned underneath. In another piece, a grinning model proudly holds up a dispenser of some kind of cosmetic powder, framed by the phrase 'be a bomb!' Individually, each of Ferrera's collages is carefully composed and beautifully rendered; taken together, they are a damning and darkly humorous exploration of how advertisements articulate subversive messages about both purveyors and purchasers." (1/8/2003)

Tummyache

Tummyache was inspired by the craft of hand-painted signs and the advertising imagery of my youth. The paintings explore the collision of desire, satisfaction, overindulgence and nausea. At once, they revel in and critique the temptation ever-present in a consumer landscape of overly sweetened products and over-saturated images.

Corporate Romanticism: Products for Self-Empowerment

Corporate Romanticism imitates the devices of commercial media and personalizes it. It was inspired by the feeling that marketers were trying to get in my head and create the illusion of a universal consciousness, as if to say, "I know you. These are your thoughts and your deepest desires."

Fluiditude, 2005 featuring Greg Darden
Freeway 3-Way Bra, 2005 featuring Theresa Columbus
Man Cigarettes, 2005 featuring Stephanie Barber

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