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Christopher Nitsche

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

I build installations and sculptures that evoke the visual and metaphorical attributes of ships, an ongoing pursuit since 1995. Ships are an iconic subject, engaging the human psyche through history, symbolic cultural forms, irony, and sometimes the incomprehensible. My installations range from structures one can enter, to works with hull-side cutaways allowing visual access to enigmatic interior spaces. The full-scale ship installations engage the exhibition space physically and the viewer psychologically. I build installations primarily from re-purposed lumber and urban detritus. The materials have an extant history of purpose as part of buildings, flooring, furniture, or a fence line. I value the visual richness in the material, especially when I structure it in the jagged manner I prefer. Recent installations explore open-ended memory perceptions with interiors composed of found objects and small cast ships.

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