"If I were not a visual artist, I probably would be a psychologist, because I find the interiority of others to be endlessly fascinating. And actually, a large part of what I enjoy about exhibiting my work is that it gives me an opportunity to study people in a controlled environment."
b. November 27, 1980
Christina West is an avid people watcher with a dry sense of humor, active imagination, and an innate impulse to create with her hands. If you meet her and she stares at you a bit too long, she's probably just picturing you naked.
Christina West sculpts realistically rendered human figures that exist at a strange scale and exhibit bold, unnatural colors. The figures are frozen mid-gesture, inviting our gazes and encouraging projection about the nature of their actions. Christina lives in Atlanta, GA where she teaches at Georgia State University. She received a BFA from Siena Heights University in 2003 and a MFA from Alfred University in 2006. Christina has been an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Her work has been supported additionally by a grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the George Sugarman Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Artist Fund and the Southeastern College Art Conference.
2006 MFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2003-04 Post-baccalaureate Studies, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
2003 BFA, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI
summer 02 Studied Abroad in Florence, Italy, Santa Reparata International School of Art
2011 The Clay Studio Guest Artist in Residence, Philadelphia
2010 Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2008 Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY
2006-07 The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
2012 Ernest Welch School of Art and Design Summer Research Award
2011 Georgia State University Research Initiation Grant
2011 Ernest Welch School of Art and Design Summer Research Award
2010 National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts (NCECA) Emerging Artist Award
2010 Ernest Welch School of Art and Design Summer Research Award
2009 Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Individual Artist’s Fellowship
2009 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Grant, Milwaukee, WI
2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2007 George Sugarman Foundation Grant
2006 Lilian Fellowship, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT
2006 First Place, The Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Exhibition, The Clay Studio, PA
2004 Third Place, National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art