About the Artist
Christine Guillot Ryan is a multidisciplinary artist using collage techniques to explore reality constructions. Through investigation of the fluid filters of memory, imagination, and beliefs, her non-linear narratives enable others to re-examine how they create their own worlds.
Ms. Guillot Ryan was born in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, receiving a B.A. in Art, and earned a B.F.A. in Design from Art Center College of Design. Her body of work ranges from mixed media and collage to to moving image works and video installations. Since 2009, Ms. Guillot Ryan’s objects and installations have been exhibited at public exhibit spaces and galleries both locally and nationally, in group and traveling shows, with solo exhibits at the Sean Christopher Gallery, the Cultural Arts Center, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center, and a retrospective at the High Road Gallery. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the Inspiration Award from the Whole 9 Gallery in California, and the GCAC Community Partnership Purchase Award. She has served as an adjunct professor in design at Columbus College of Art and Design, and taught mixed media workshops at the Cultural Arts Center and the MAC in Worthington. Ms. Guillot Ryan is active in the Columbus arts community, mentoring students at the Fort Hayes Arts & Academic High School, is a member of Creative Arts of Women [CAW], the Ohio Arts League, and the ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists.
CV – 2017
Crossing Borders: 2018 [current – Traveling Exhibit]
Central Ohio Venues
Outside/Inside: 2017 [Creative Arts of Women]
Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH + Schnormeier Gallery, Mt. Vernon, OH
Not On My Watch: Jan-Feb 2017 [Hope and Liberation Coalition]
The MAC, Morgantown, WV
2015 – Pieces of Parts: Aug-Sept 2015 [Solo Show]
High Road Gallery, Worthington, OH
2014 – Converging Boundaries: Sept-Oct 2014 [Solo Show] Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH
2013 – Fairytales & Finance [Solo Show]
McConnell Arts Center, Worthington, OH
Artist Statement – NEW WORKS 2018
I am fascinated by how people create their own worlds. Challenging assumptions of an objective reality, I use mixed media and video collage to explore the construction process of perception. I create complex non-linear narratives to communicate the fullness of human experience.
My work explores identity, desire and inequity within our contemporary context. What do we want, and who are we, really? I am interested in the amalgamation of who we think we are, how we decide what is real and important, and our yearning to connect and engage with our worlds.
My process begins with a question to explore, a concept to communicate, or a feeling to express. I dissect cultural influences, beliefs and bias, playing nostalgia against cultural critique. I use collage techniques – cutting, tearing, masking, juxtaposition and synthesis – with filters of distortion to reveal meaning and underlying interconnections. Recognizable elements surface, then submerge in abstraction, suggesting the fluid interplay of thought, sensation, emotion, and memory.
The modular mixed media works use visual elements to bridge boundaries on all sides. Reconfiguration offers choices in how a work is experienced, inviting viewers to become participants, and demonstrating that there are multiple ways to see reality. The moving image work extends my mixed media approach to video, showing different influences and vantage points simultaneously combined with non-linear representations of time.
By connecting with recognizable elements in the work, then exploring non-linear connections building from those elements, people can loosen the restrictions of their assumptions to create a reorientation in how they see their worlds.
Re-contextualizing the familiar, my work offers the opportunity to re-engage with the world with a shifted perspective. Whether a video installation, a mixed media piece, or a drawing, I want to inspire people to reevaluate what they perceive as important, and question what is true.
- In the Studio
Posted JAN 02, 2018
I’m excited to have 2 moving image works accepted in the Jan. 19 Columbus Moving Image Art Review! Looking forward to seeing the works on the BIG SCREEN at OSU!