Friday, December 6, 2019
Imagine a barefoot, seven-year-old girl, pulling her little red wagon through town picking up and collecting the most interesting things along the way: a rusted bottle cap, a piece of bark that curled up like a smile, and a green army man rescued from the gutter to name a few. She then puts some dirt in a coffee can, adds some daisies and clover hijacked from her yard, and thoughtfully places those found treasures throughout the ensemble. Next, she paints a “Yard Sale” sign and pitches it in her yard where her “terrarium” masterpieces are for sale. That was Christina.
After giving up that childhood enterprise to join the corporate world in a not entirely unsuccessful try at being a mechanical drafting software geek, and then giving that up, starting in 2015, Christina finally circled back to her childhood roots and embraced a new career as an upcycle artisan. Which translates to someone who takes things that other folks do not want and transforms them into something unexpected that some other folks actually do want.
Christina has a studio in Berlin, New Hampshire which is, luckily, only a moment’s walk from her apartment upstairs where she lives with her very patient and supportive husband, Brian, and two cats who are perpetually amused by the myriad of things that cycle through their home.
Christina take commonplace objects that proudly show their history with nicks and scrapes and merge them with eclectic castoffs in such a way that her love of patina is undeniable. She says she can’t save everything from a slow demise in a landfill but she can – like a domestic archeologist – take a few mundane scraps from everyday life and re-form them into compositions where they will live a new life making the world a more enjoyable place to live.
As you examine the stories told in these pieces, note two things. The first, other than glue and varnish, nothing new was purchased to produce this art. Everything, right down to the screws and wires used to fuse objects together, were deconstructed from artifacts recovered from an abandoned building, donations that appeared magically on my porch, or leftovers salvaged from a past construction or art project. The second thing of note is that each composition contains at least one item that is, or rather was, considered broken.
Christina invites you to see the beauty in the broken.