Born: United States
Christina West is a sculptor and educator based in Atlanta, where she is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Georgia State University. She earned her BFA at Siena Heights University (MI) in 2003, and her MFA at Alfred University (NY) in 2006.
West has exhibited in group and solo shows across the country in such venues as Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), the Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), and the Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramic Research Center (Tempe, AZ). Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the George Sugarman Foundation, and the Southeastern College Art Conference.
In an artist statement she writes:
“Insistently figurative and tightly rendered, [the] objects and installations [I make] result from merging notions of the private with the public and overlaying the serious with the playful. These figures, with their strange scale, unnatural colors, and bodies frozen mid-gesture, offer a space to play with assumptions and projections we place on other people and their bodies. This work begins with questions about the relationship of the exterior to the interior, the limits of what we can know about other people given that we never have direct access to their interiority, and how our physical encounters with spaces and with representations of bodies can affect perceptions of our own bodies.”