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Christina West

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

Working with the figure, I arrange my slightly smaller or larger than life-size sculptures to prompt visual stories that walk the line between pleasure and distress. What results are psychological scenarios about the complexity of being human. My work invites associations of childhood, sexuality, and the vulnerability of the body.

My modeled figures are thoughtfully observed and startlingly naturalistic, even while their color, scale, and orientation directly defy our expectations of human form. These are people we can imagine knowing, enacting scenes from the periphery of our consciousness. Every provoked emotion is pared with its opposite, or at least its distant cousin: the figures are familiar, yet strange, fascinating and disturbing, inspiring both pity and desire. This push and pull between emotional states acts as a metaphorical representation of our own psychological spaces.

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