Biography

Christine Foerster has done street performances for LARCO Vive in Lima, Peru, Aabenraa Artweek in Aabenraa, Denmark, Mind the Gap in Istanbul, Turkey and Conflux Festival of Art and Technology in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Version 8 Fest in Chicago, Estación Tijuana in Mexico, and the El Paso Museum of Art. She gave a live TV interview on KVIA ABC news and her work has been written about in publications such e-Oculus, the front page of the El Paso Times and the Art Jewelry Forum. She is a recipient of an Idea Fund grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Project Row Houses, in Houston, Texas, two Artist Incubator Grants from the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department of El Paso, and a Community Arts Project Grant from the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.

 

Artist Statement

I work in a variety of visual media including textiles, performance, sculptural installation and public art. I often create modular and mobile structures that reshape the dynamics and possibilities of exchange within a given space. These structures are varied both in their materials and source of inspiration. In some instances, I situate my work in the outer limits of art practice and environmental concern by creating interactive art installations based on green design and permaculture principles. In the best case scenario, this hybrid approach makes it possible for a diverse audience to engage with a public art work in vitally unexpected terms. And, in the process, learn about small scale animal husbandry practices and do-it-yourself agriculture technologies.

In other instances, I use a wearable shelter medium I call shell-tear-wear to temporarily alter public spaces and allow a participatory audience to reevaluate the separation between private and public spaces, the relationship between identity and space, and our role within the earth's eco-system. I am drawn to the adaptive features of animals in the natural world and in their interactions with humans. In my Art.hro.poda performances, inspired by the features developed by arthropods over thousands of years, I become a creature who relies on a multilayered, modular suit that morphs, detaches and reconfigures as she moves from one environment to the next.

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"Leaving the Cocoon" from the Shell-tear-wear archive. Photo by Leland Foerster

"Leaving the Cocoon" from the Shell-tear-wear archive. Photo by Leland Foerster