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“All of my work begins with an interest in interiority—the thoughts, feelings, psychology within our bodies—often highlighting the inherent mystery, or inaccessibility, of interiority. I regularly sculpture portraits using the portrait bust format because I'm interested in the expectation we place on portraiture to reveal something about an individual's interiority. I have always felt that making inferences about a person's psychology or personality from physical likeness is a highly flawed practice, though we make such inferences instinctively. In the “Unmet” series, I create portrait busts that disrupt the impulse to read into facial features or expression by removing much of the figure's likeness. Features are removed, leaving flat, colorful planes that become abstract suggestions of the figures’ interiority. These busts are cast solid with multiple colors in their interiors. I carve into the faces of the figures after they are cast, excavating strata of color that present unpredictable shapes and patterns. The interiors allude to cross-sections seen in anatomy books, while also suggesting something about the complexity of character and psychology that make others so mysterious,” Christina West.
Christina West (b. 1980) is a sculptor based in Atlanta, GA. She earned her MFA from Alfred University in 2006 and since then, has extensively exhibited her work across the country in venues such as the The Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, WA), The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo, NY), and the Zuckerman Museum of Art (Kennesaw, GA). Additionally, Christina’s work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, the George Sugarman Foundation, and the Southeastern College Art Conference. Christina is an Associate Professor of Art at Georgia State University.