About the Artist
Christine Guillot Ryan’s latest Mixed Media works explore the nature of boundaries and the relationship between the intangible and the material world. Combining fragments of representational imagery, her work captures visions of inner realities that are vivid and richly layered, inviting imagination and provoking conceptual discovery.
Christine is from Los Angeles, with degrees in art and design from UCLA and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Christine exhibits locally and nationally, is an active member of Art and Artists of 614, the Ohio Art League, and CAW (Creative Arts of Women), enjoys mentoring emerging artists, and teaches workshops at the Peggy R. McConnell Art Center of Worthington, and the Cultural Arts Center. She has recently expanded her mixed media work to include motion and space, creating video installations and motion works.
Collage 2015: Jan Group Show]
Concourse Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2014 – Woman as _____: Dec 2014-Jan 2015 [CAW Group Show] Tacocat, Columbus Ohio
2014 – Converging Boundaries: Sept-Oct 2014 [Solo Show] Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio
2014 – Origins of Abstraction: Aug-Sept 2014 [Group Show]
Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2014 – Happy Together: Apr-May 2014 [Group Show]
Cultural Arts Center, Columbus Ohio
2014 – Exchanges: Mar 2014 [Creative Arts of Women / Ft. Hayes Group Show] Shot Tower Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2013 – Small Works: Dec 2013 + Summer Salon: June 2013 [Gallery Artists’ Group Shows]
Muse Gallery, [German Village], Columbus Ohio
2013 – 4 Women in Print: Feb-April 2013 [Group Show]
Marcia Evans Gallery, [Short North], Columbus Ohio
2013 – Fairytales & Finance [Solo Show]
McConnell Arts Center, Worthington Ohio
Artist Statement – NEW Mixed MediA WORKS 2014
I use mixed media to explore the subjective nature of perception, and express the tension between the material and the intangible. Taking fragments of the external world, I merge them with paint to capture visions of morphing inner realities.
Perception is reality. I am fascinated how people gather fragments of what they decide are true and important—memory, stories, cultural influences, experiences, ideas and beliefs— and shape them into personal worldviews.
Beyond conscious, cognitive connections, the intangibility of feelings re-colors my worldview. Starting with a single moment, evolving over days and years, emotions take the shape of both the subtle and the dramatic. I am driven to explore and celebrate the acts of choice and belief that form each of our changing realities — through sharing my own.
My work begins with a sketch of a concept or personal narrative. I then gather objects, images, and text, and create personal montages. Cut, torn, and morphed from their original contexts, I juxtapose representational imagery (experience), found words/cultural artifacts (ideas) and color/texture (sensation) to capture and visualize the layered nature of perception. I use the power of color and freedom of paint to express intangible spirit and emotion.
When creating modular works, I reconfigure the separate surfaces as the piece develops, visually “bridging” the boundaries between different canvases to create alternating opportunities for connection. By creating a visual unity over a material separation, the reality of physical boundaries become both emphasized and diminished. Even in completion, modular collage works continue to offer choices, emphasizing that we create our own boundaries, and the realities we think we see.
- In the Studio
Posted MAY 12, 2017
I’m looking forward to seeing the Venice Biennale in Italy next week! After dreaming of visiting this city with streets of water, and historical magic, I’m looking forward to being inspired by artists’ work from around the world.