About Christine

Christine received her MFA from MICA's Mount Royal School of Art in 2003. She currently teaches in the fine arts program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.

zen art

oh yeah
  • The end is in the beginning
    Documentation of residue from a "private performance", 2012.
  • Ouro-Burro
    charcoal on paper. diptych.

Made in China

This project is a series of painted portraits. The images for the paintings came from snapshots posted on the web and the paintings were made by workers in a studio in China.
  • Natassia by the Sea
    Oil on Canvas, 48" x 96", 2005
  • Rebel
    Oil on Canvas, 48" x 96", 2005
  • Spelling Bee First Prize
    Oil on Canvas 24" x 20" 2005
  • Palm Pilot Winner
    Oil on Canvas 24" x 20" 2005
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    Oil on Canvas 24" x 30" 2005
  • Buoy O Boy
    Oil on Canvas 20" x 16" 2005
  • Buck Mangler Lure
    Oil on Canvas 24" x 30" 2005
  • International Champion, Group Second
    Oil on Canvas 24" x 30" 2005

The Exhibitionists

oil on 4" x 4" panel with faux gold leaf frames, 2006
  • Sexy Blond Pantyhose Lady (an Allegory of Giving Too Much)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
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    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Her First Time (An Allegory of Irrational Fear)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Rookie Babe in Shower (an Allegory of Separation Anxiety)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • In Hotpants Shows Ass (an Allegory of Inspirational Distress)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
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    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Wet Fetish Party Girl (an Allegory of Collective Unconscious)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Perky Coed Beauty Stripping (an Allegory of Apprehensive Expectation)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Beautiful Teen in Lipstick Strips and Poses (an Allegory of Somatization Disorder)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006
  • Petite Amateur Slumber Party (an Allegory of Inappropriate Guilt)
    oil on panel with frame 10" x 10" 2006

Beihuokui

This was a project that took place on ebay. I selected images and text from former ebay auctions by other people and reposted them as my own auction items at the same starting bid price as the auction from which they originated. I added a line to the beginning of the auction text stating: "Thanks for stopping in at the auction. This auction is for a digital C-Print. It is not for the item represented in the image" The auctions were tagged as photographs of landscapes, portraits, still lifes etc., depending upon the genre that the picture resembled. I chose the ebay theme of "gold frame" for the auction pages.

At the close of the auctions I took a screen capture of the auction pages with the pictures, the text and the gold frames. I had these digital images printed as C-prints and shipped them to the winning bidders along with documentation of the original auction as well as my auction. Two of the twelve auctions did not have any bidders (the starting bids were pretty high) so the prints were never made.

When I was doing this project I thought maybe it was merely a clever way to make a picture and an interesting way to connect with "collectors" anonymously. However, once the auctions ended and I had the C-prints made, I was pleasantly surprised at how stunning they were as actual photographs. I only had them in my possession for a few hours though, between receiving the prints from the printer and shipping them to the winning bidders. Maybe someday I'll print the two that didn't sell so that I can have one of my own.
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Landscape, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Abstract, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Landscape, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Female Figure, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Portrait, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Still Life, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beikuohui
    Digital C-Print, Pastoral Scene, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Landscape, 24" x 30" 2007
  • Beikuohui
    Digital C-Print, Landscape, 24" x 30" 2006
  • Beihuokui
    Digital C-Print, Still Life, 24" x 30" 2007

New Work

For this project, I loosely followed a business model from the world of fashion: that of making â??designer replicasâ?. I worked in a painting style that looked very similar to that of Cara Ober, another local Baltimore artist. I used economical materials (acrylic wash on paper rather than paint on canvas). I signed my name to the paintings and included it on all printed and electronic announcements; I was not making forgeries or counterfeits, I was making knock-offs.

Some of the images and text were appropriated from sources such as free online clip-art sites, the dictionary, gardening magazines and an antique book on phrenology. Others, I invented. The work was shown in the lobby of a corporate building, as I felt that it was a perfect context for this body of work. The artist statement that I included in the press release was a fairly neutral one describing the paintings in terms of personal narrative and alluding vaguely to other issues I was interested in.

I was mainly interested in issues related to art-making and market forces: problems of intellectual property and the cultural commons, of authorship, of novelty, of the ethics of oneâ??s studio practice, and of the ways in which a picture functions in a given context. Shortly after the opening of the exhibition, I was threatened with a lawsuit and in response, posted a new artistâ??s statement at the exhibition site discussing these issues directly.

While this project may have upset some people, ultimately I think it was a compelling investigation into the making of pictures and the making of the â??meaningâ? of pictures through various texts.
  • Artist's Statement
    The artist's statement later posted at the exhibition
  • Artist's Statement
    The artist's sent out with the press release
  • Was It Good for You Too?
    9" x 9" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • the-alchemist
  • The Rainbow Connection (for Sea Green and Sky Blue)
    30" x 30" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • Stay Stag (Patiently She Waited...)
    30" x 30" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • Christmas Morning Lakeside
    9" x 9" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • And We're All Together Once Again
    30" x 30" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • It Surfaced from theEbb and Flow of Misunderstanding
    30" x 30" acrylic wash on paper 2007
  • Reconnaissant Comme Les Enfants
    30" x 30" acrylic wash on paper 2007

Boundary Crossings *continued*

Continued. See previous project
  • A.N.N.A.
    A.N.N.A., an International Digital Collective, 2007 Still from "Convos with Anna", a series of digital videos taken of late night confessional chats with Anna, the Ikea.com online digital assistant. German version with sound.
  • A.N.N.A
    A.N.N.A., an International Digital Collective, 2007 Still from "Convos with Anna", a series of digital videos taken of late night confessional chats with Anna, the Ikea.com online digital assistant. English version with sound.
  • A.N.N.A.
    A.N.N.A., an International Digital Collective, 2007 Still from "You Promised" digital video projection Video to come soon, I hope.
  • Ariana Wol
    Detail from the series "Prayer of Ablution" An investigation of human relations through photographic and written documentation of hot tub culture. 1987 From the project's text: "Each instance of Prayer of Ablution combines The Site (the hot tub or spa) with a group of individuals, a specific environment, and one or more carefully selected objects. The resulting activity is informed entirely by the inter-relatedness of all of these components as well as the their interstitial spaces. It is my hope that this small â??prayerâ? brings us closer to what it means to be human."
  • Ariana Wol
    Detail from the series "Prayer of Ablution" (1986), an investigation of human relations through photographic and written documentation of hot tub culture. From the project's text: "Each instance of Prayer of Ablution combines The Site (the hot tub or spa) with a group of individuals, a specific environment, and one or more carefully selected objects. The resulting activity is informed entirely by the inter-relatedness of all of these components as well as the their interstitial spaces. It is my hope that this small â??prayerâ? brings us closer to what it means to be human."

Boundary Crossings

This project was an exhibition I "curated" featuring work by three fictitious artists: Nadine Freund, a video artist and avatar in the virtual metaverse Second Life; Ariana Wol, an old-school performance artist and documentary photographer; and A.N.N.A, an "international digital collective" and online AI help desk persona on the Ikea website. The first few shots are of the exhibition installation and the others are the individual works by the the three invented artists. Images from this body of work continue in the next project.
  • Ariana Wol
    Ariana Wol, "The Expurgation Project: And now I can write you a love letter..." 2007
  • Ariana Wol
    Ariana Wol, "The Surrender Project" 2007
  • Ariana Wol
    Ariana Wol, "Monument to a Mountain: can you see me Bob Smithson?" 2007
  • woll3
    Video still from "Ariana Wol, early work 1974-1981". This video still is of a performance titled "Castaway, 36 Days in Isolation", filmed in 1976 as part of a series dealing with the body in crisis.
  • Nadine Freund
    "Kanin" , 2007 This image is a still from a video projection. The footage was taken in realtime in Second Life. Over the course of the 20 minute ambient video, a snow covered tree blows in the virtual wind as fog rolls in and out, the sun rises and sets, and finally a small plane passes over the scene. Sound was fairly important to the piece-- a low whoosing of the wind as it came and went. Video to be uploaded shortly, I hope.
  • Ariana Wol
    Installation shot of Ariana Wol, early work 1974-1981. This video contained a series of clips of Ariana Wol's performances shot on 8mm film and transferred to DVD. The video documented 12 performances done between 1975 (on her first birthday) and 1981 (at the Reagan / Bush inauguration). The video still pictured is from a piece titled "Taking the Shape of a Cylinder", 1975.
  • Nadine Freund
    "us, our trespasses, and those who trespass against us-- memoirs from a second life, a novel" A sculptural work by Nadine Freund. The piece is a book bound shut by a ribbon. The text of the book is taken from chat transcripts of intimate encounters in the metaverse.
  • Nadine Freund, Kanin
    installation shot 2008
  • Boundary Crossings
    installation shot 2008

New Projects

Most of these images are from works in progress. They are either screen shots from virtual environments I have built or frames from videos made in those virtual worlds.

In recent years I have become increasingly interested in virtual landscapes: ones which are constantly in flux or interactive or somehow mutable by the inhabitants/players. Most recently, I have been creating 3D environments using OpenSimulator software. These landscapes can be viewed and navigated online by other users. Unlike the post-apocalyptic landscapes of many video games, the spaces I create might be described as post-post-apocalyptic, wherein crumbled parking lots are covered over by fields of grass, smoke filled skies are clearing, and one is distinctly aware of the absence of human inhabitants or â??playersâ? of any kind.
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    Still from digital video
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    Screen capture from 3D simulator / virtual environment
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    Screen capture from 3D simulator / virtual environment
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    Still from digital videos
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    Still from digital video
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    Still from digital video
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    Still from digital video

Other Toner Drawings

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  • Dead Cow
    Photocopy toner on paper, 40" x 50", 2006
  • Sunset
    Photocopy toner on paper, 22" x 30", 2006
  • Fishing Creek
    Photocopy toner on paper, 14" x 96", 2008
  • Desert Ranch
    Photocopy toner on paper, 14" x 96", 2008
  • Burnout
    Photocopy toner on paper, 22" x 30", 2006
  • Fire in the Hills
    Photocopy toner on paper, 22" x 30", 2006
  • ledaandtheswan
    Photocopy toner on paper, 48" x 96", 2009
  • falloficarus
    Photocopy toner on paper, 48" x 96", 2009

Recent Work

The drawings in this project are made with powdered photocopy toner on paper. I apply and manipulate the toner using paintbrushes and erasers, and set it using heat. The toner creates a grainy, soft-focus surface reminiscent of photographic enlargements.

The video is a portion of a longer series videos taken in realtime from a virtual simulation of the same location.

My desire to make this work began with a single photograph I took-- a rather mundane and off-balance picture of a river-- that, for whatever reason, captivated me. It also stemmed from my interest in Landscape and its possible functions in contemporary art.

All of the work is based on that single photograph and reproduced in multiple. Though identical in imagery, each piece has its own mood, visual properties and qualities of the hand. Individually, each one is a fairly innocuous copy of a banal photo. However, as a group they have an odd relationship; perhaps on some level they evoke a feeling of the Uncanny.
  • 10bailey
  • Untitled 1
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 2
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 3
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 4
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 6
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 5
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Untitled 7
    40" x 50" , photocopy toner on paper, 2008
  • Little Ithaca at Fishing Creek
    This image is a screen shot of a virtual environment that was built to replicate the location in the drawings. This 3D simulator was the source of real time video footage and is navigable by users who visit online