Visiting Artist Lecture: Christy Georg, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sculpture
Thursday, November 9, 2017; noon (universal lunch) in Osher Hall
“I am attracted to desolate and harsh natural environments. My work is inspired by travel and research in varied landscapes- lately the American West, sailing the Eastern Seaboard, and the Norwegian Arctic. I reflect on the history and importance of discovery, voyaging, and striking out into the unknown. The focused endurance of flora and fauna to flourish in harsh climates, and likewise, the endurance of hardy and curious explorers traversing such lands, inspires a true willfulness of existence which compels the subject of my work.
My projects often involve making a device or situation to communicate with the natural landscape, or a historical site or story – something I consider raw, true, and amazing, which demands my attention and response. I make sculptural instruments and devices which function either actually, or metaphorically. Their meticulous craftsmanship lends them authority as functional objects, but upon inspection may seem quite absurd, fetishistic, alchemical, or otherwise uncanny. Their elusive, esoteric function tickles curiosity and speculation.”
About Christy Georg
Christy Georg earned her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA at Massachusetts College of Art. She has participated in numerous residencies, including The MacDowell Colony, the Roswell Artist-in-Residency Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry Program and The Arctic Circle artist and scientist residency program. She has received recognition for her sculptural work from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Rhode Island, the Mellon Foundation, and the Leighton International Artists Exchange Program.
Her solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, the Roswell Museum, Gettysburg College, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College in Boston, and the Khyber Institute of Contemporary Art in Halifax. Recently, her retrospective exhibit “20 Years” was hosted by the Gardiner Gallery at Oklahoma State University and in the “Alcoves” series at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.
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