CHRISTINA PETTERSSON explores resurrection and savage demise
on a grand scale once reserved for history painting. Her large graphite
works on paper reference classic mythology and literature, and include
herself as the recurring female figure surrounded by animals, most
particularly birds. Seen altogether, these figures act as augurs or prophets,
foretelling the future from the past, yet apprehensive of the omens.
These otherworldly landscapes reveal a deep allegiance to the wilderness
of a bygone era, and the experience of a world in decline.
Rooted in a highly Romantic tradition, they embody a restless spirit,
a longing for the unbounded and indefinable, and fervent emotion
as the truest source of visual experience.
She writes, "I want to restore that epic and mythological dimension,
a sense of awe and reverence for the world.
The fact is they are not much about my personality. I want to be a storyteller.
I want to believe that life is still wild."
Christina was born in Stockholm, Sweden and lives in Miami, FL.
In addition to drawing, she makes videos, sculptural installations and group performances. Her most recent shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Girls Club, Fort Lauderdale, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, Launch F18, curated by Site95, New York, NY and Primary Projects, Miami, FL. She has also exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Columbus Museum of Art, GA, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, Wiregrass Museum of Art, AL, Naples Museum of Art, FL,
and locally in South Florida at the Miami Art Museum. She received a Fulbright Grant to return to Sweden in 2000, attending the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. She has received the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship twice, the largest regional sponsored grants in the US. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, The Studios of Key West and Yaddo, as well as a year long program locally at the Deering Estate. This May she will attend the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Program under Inka Essenhigh, and in December will spend a month inside Everglades National Park under the AIRIE residency program. Her work is in the permanent collections of PAMM, Martin Z. Margulies at the Warehouse, Marty & Cricket Taplin at the Sagamore Hotel, Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz, Debra and Dennis Scholl, and others. She is published four times in New American Paintings, and had a documentary made about her for ArtnetTV. She was named one of the Young Miami artists making a mark this Art Basel go- around by The Miami Herald last December. Recent solo shows have taken place at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Launch 18 in Tribeca, and Primary Projects in Miami. This past December during Art Basel she unveiled a major performance work at the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, as part of their prestigious Contemporary Arts Program.