Christina West

2018

3rd Place recipient

I create installations that use the sculptural human figure and the alteration of space to create psychologically charged environments; in varying ways, each installation touches on overarching ideas about a desire to understand and connect with others, the prevalence of individual subjectivity in our experience of reality, and the ways our physical encounters with spaces and with representations of bodies can affect perceptions of our own bodies. The figurative sculptures within the installations pull us into their fictional realities with a high degree of naturalism and notions of the private made public, while simultaneously pushing us away, or creating a psychological distance, with their unrealistic scale, unnatural colors, and lack of narrative clarity. Similarly, the spaces often incorporate color choices or spatial strategies that pull viewers into the space, while simultaneously making them feel uncomfortable or alienated once inside.

  • Intimate Strangers

    Intimate Strangers Figure is 42" tall 2015

    An installation with 6 sculptural figures

  • Stage Left (view between two walls)

    Stage Left (view between two walls) Small standing figure is 27" tall 2018

    View between two walls

  • Stage Left

    Stage Left This central room is 8' tall x 16' x 16' 2018

    This is an immersive mixed media installation

  • Intimate Strangers

    Intimate Strangers 7' tall 2015

    An installation with 6 sculptural figures.

  • Stage Left (initial view)

    Stage Left (initial view) Front wall is 8' tall x 16' long 2018

    This is an immersive mixed media installation.

  • Stage Left (view through doorway into central room)

    Stage Left (view through doorway into central room) Figures to the left are 47" tall. 2018

    This is an immersive mixed media installation.

  • Stage Left

    Stage Left Female figures are 52" tall. 2018

    This is an immersive mixed media installation.

  • Stage Left (view within an adjacent space)

    Stage Left (view within an adjacent space) Standing female figure is 27" tall. 2018

    This is an immersive mixed media installation.

  • Stay Asleep

    Stay Asleep Standing female on the right is 52" tall. 2016

    A mixed media installation.

  • Stay Asleep (view from the back of the gallery)

    Stay Asleep (view from the back of the gallery) Foreground figure is 7" tall x 22" x 53" long 2016

    A mixed media installation.