Born and raised in Rapid City, SD, Christie has had a lifelong love of all things in art, science, and nature. She has done art projects and experiments her whole life. As both a scientist and artist, she has a unique, experimental approach to art that gives her art an individual style and feel.
Christie began working with body prints in 2003. Initially an exercise in shapes and prints that she could make with her body, body prints became a symbol of her embracing her figure and shape. Making something beautiful with your body makes you embrace the perceived flaws.
Using only her body and hands to paint, she experiments with different methods of throwing, splashing, and dripping as well as different thicknesses and types of paint. These techniques allow Christie to give her abstract body prints additional form when desired.
As a lover of the water and former competitive swimmer, Christie wanted to integrate herself into a fish body print; the fish from the Los Pescados collection show this integration. These two completely different creatures share similar features, in somewhat comparable ratios, allowing Christie to integrate her face into that of the fish, her arms into fins, and her feet into the tail.
“History Runs Red: Rural Noir From Hancock County, IL” 48”x36” , Photography
My name is Wess Haubrich, I am 28 years old and a self trained photographer from Western IL (Quincy). I have developed my process through trial and error, and what I call the innate “search for angle” both emotional (psychologic), and purely aesthetic. I will be starting the BFA program at Quincy University in August with the highest art scholarship possible (the Fr. Tom F. Browne, OFM award) based on my work. I have also shown twice around Chicago, about 7 times in and around St. Louis, and will be showing another rural piece in Greensboro, GA this July. I am also being interviewed for a 14 page spread in the 7th Edition of the European LandEScape Art Review.
Photography for me has been a great catharsis for my sometimes debilitating clinical depression and anxiety. I believe art saves lives in that capacity. That being said, my aesthetic is very VERY influenced by film noir (especially Orson Welles and David Lynch) and southern gothic (specifically William Faulkner). This confluence can particularly be seen in my “rural noir” series of which “history runs red” is a piece. My other two major series are “urban noir” and “memento mori” (primarily Victorian burial statuary). We think cities, monochrome, and the urban when we think of “film noir” but there is so much room for painting the psychological palette too which transcends yet is very influenced by environment. That being said, my methods of monochrome and selective coloring I think can really hit home. Simplicity, and bringing out one’s intended subject at one’s intended angle is key to great photography.
In terms of my gear, I use a simple Nikon D3200 with only the out of the box wide angle and telephoto lenses for my digital shots. I like to limit the lenses I use not for cost reasons, but because doing so effectively forces the photographer to think more concisely about composition and to get physically closer to the subject. When I shoot film, (depending upon the type) I shoot everything from a Diana F+ 120 to a (still functioning) Voigtlander Bessa to a Canon Rebel that I bought for $15.00 on Ebay.
Sunbeam and Moonshine
Ask a class of first graders if there are any artists in the room and they will all raise their hands. My hand’s still up.
My Art Is Inspired By…
The process of painting truly makes me happy, I am often told that viewing my work makes others feel happy. I suppose I am inspired by the universal quest for human happiness and sharing what I find.
My Current Working Method Is…
I tend to work on several painting, with a similar theme and in a variety of sizes, at the same time. I work on canvas and begin by building up textural layers with a variety of acrylic paints and mediums. During this phase I move from piece to piece painting a layer at a time. Once that acrylic stage is completed I finish the work with oils in varying degrees of translucency. In the final oil stage I focus on each individual painting and see it through until completion.
Acid Trip, 28″x38″, ceramic stoneware & handmixed glazes
I am a sculptor/illustrator based in Chicago. I am originally from NYC and started doing illustration before I came to Chicago. I became interested in sculpting while in school, and decided to take on ceramics. Clay is something that is more fluid and direct to work with, and I found that way of working very challenging but rewarding at the same time. I like to make hand-built organic sculptures, but also do some illustrations on the side.
My Art is Inspired By…My art is inspired by underwater worlds, Miyazaki movies, and the supernatural..
My current working method is to hole up in my studio and pretend to know what I’m doing!