Drawing Play

Posted Jan 16, 2018Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

GuillotRyan_Drawing_BluepButterflies_300wI’ve been enjoying exploring time-based media, but have been craving tangibility, so a few months ago, I started drawing again. The simple satisfaction of charcoal pencil on paper is so immediate. I started playing with some left-over spray point and collage elements, and adding them into the drawings of people. I’ve always been intrigued by instructions, and blueprints being instructions for building physical space seemed like a fitting surface for drawings on new “rooms” to explore, again.

I love contour drawing people especially, having my hand follow my eye, visually tracing the folds of flesh. I’m considering doing a series about human confinement in various spaces, or states.

Expanding Expressive Universe

Posted Dec 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

Two years ago, after installing my first retrospective exhibit, I was struck by the realization that my work needed movement and time. Since my epiphany, I’ve been studying video production and motion graphics at Columbus State. I’ve exhibited three video installations in 2017, and love creating site-specific immersive experiences, and later sharing the video component to extend its reach. I’ve enjoyed having “beginner’s mind” feeling so many interests, skills and passions “all coming together.”

As a designer, creative collaborations are a regular part of my process. Working with Juna Amano on our second collaboration, this time a video installation, was very gratifying and exciting. In many ways, when I started exhibiting youMeWE_InstallView_People_920x450artwork again, I had drawn a boundary between my processes as a designer and my art-making. Seeing how I can use collaboration on future projects thrills me, since team brainstorms were often my favorite part of creative projects. Though sometimes awed by how much I have to learn, I need to remember, that as in my design world, I don’t have to “go it alone.” I can see how digital filmmaking collaborations will be part of my “expanding expressive universe.”

United for Peace, 2017

Posted Oct 16, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


Six years ago, I entered my first piece in the Whole 9 Gallery’s Peace Project, and traveled to NYC to see the group exhibit at the Aperture Gallery. It was exciting to meet many of the exhibiting artists and supporters, and to see my piece purchased by two collectors that evening!

This year, I contributed “All Homeward Bound” (modified from my piece created for The Crossing Borders Project) for the theme “United for Peace.” The Peace Project mounts archival digital prints on 12 x 12 inch wooden panels, and sells the individual panels to raise funds for projects that promote peace. The panels can also be purchased online after the exhibit’s opening reception in November 2017. For more information >


Women on Women: Two Girls One Piece / Nov 10

Posted Sep 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I’m excited about the upcoming exhibit Women on Women: Two Girls One Piece. This will be my first motion image collaboration with Juna Amano, and we are planning on deepening and extending concepts from our collaboration for Black and White and Color last year. The exhibit will be hosted by 400 West Rich, Nov. 10 2017, from 7pm to 10pm.

Join 400 West Rich, and partners Women On Women art show for a collaborative feast for the eyes! We will be celebrating local female artists and representing works that they create together. This stunning collection of 2D, and 3D works will be accompanied by video and performance pieces, bringing a highly dimensional show to you!

This will be a benefit show, with proceeds going to Women Have Options – Ohio!

Collaboration with Juna Amano

Posted Sep 11, 2017Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts


I was a part of CAW [Creative Arts of Woman] for five years, and enjoyed the inspiration of collaborating with other women artists on exhibits. Though CAW has suddenly and sadly disbanded last month, I am determined to maintain the creative connections with women that have feed me, one of the most significant being with Juna Amano, installation artist. We collaborated together last year on a piece for “Black and White and Color” at the Vanderelli Room on an installation piece that featured our common life themes, writing them in English and Japanese, and joining our stories with knots and color where they intersected.

The upcoming “Woman on Woman” show at 400 Rich (November 2017) seemed like a great opportunity to continue to explore the theme of differences and similarities, with the idea that the “personal becomes the universal,” and that we are more than our stories.

Landmark Exhibit, Shot Tower Gallery 2016

Posted Mar 2, 2016Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


I’m proud to be a part of CAW [Creative Arts of Women], and helping to hang the upcoming exhibit “Landmarks” at the Shot Tower Gallery. The show concept leverages the exhibit location’s connection to the community, as well as the concept of “landmarks” in general. I worked with the concept of landmarks in my life as memories, sometimes known at the time that they are significant, and many times only in reverse-view. That annoying but true idea that life is lived forward, but is only understood looking backward.

Black and White and Color

Posted Feb 11, 2016Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

I was very excited about the concept of “Black and White and Color” that was inspired by the racial divisiveness of the 2016 presidential campaign. Janet George’s concept was to get women artists of different ethnic backgrounds to collaborate on a piece for the exhibit, then write about their experience. Juna Amano and I just looked at each other when the exhibit was announced, and immediately knew we wanted to collaborate.

GuillotRyan_JunaAmano_BlackWhiteColor_2016During earlier conversations, we found we had a lot in common: we both lived in LA, had an earlier failed marriage, she was from Japan, I had worked and traveled extensively there, and even more: we had a similar view of our place in the world, and the power of emotions to color world views. We decided to write down significant life experiences, and where they overlapped, tie them together and “color” them with their common emotional responses.

Transitions in Focus

Posted Jul 16, 2015Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

CAW_Remnants_SetUp_GuillotRyan[ Photo by Caroline Kraus ]  

Some artists have a hard time starting, some have a hard time finishing. I’m the former, loving the excitement of the blank canvas, or rough doodle or iPhone note. The same goes for an exhibit, I love the anticipation of a new space, and also grieve the end of a show. Sometimes taking down a show seems like dismembering a baby. I’ve talked to some of my artist friends about this process, the “Letting Go” step. Some artists keep a steady stream of show commitments, so there is no time in the middle.

GuillotRyan_Remnants_TakeDown_2015 After the take down on Monday of the CAW Remnants show, I was feeling particularly melancholy: the OSU Urban Arts Space was a fabulous venue, and I was able for the first time to exhibit my largest works: “Letting Go” in its horizontal configuration: twelve feet long, and some of my hanging installation “Interconnecting All.” I was planning on doing what Leah Wong suggested: putting all the work facing the wall, to have freedom to go forward, but I was asked to show at the High Road Gallery in Worthington, the opposite venue in many ways from the UAS: an intimate setting where smaller works will shine. So, this Sunday I am setting up for “Pieces of PARTS,” my title for this exhibit, since it will have works from several bodies of work, including digital mixed media, which is a newer direction for me, that I want to pursue into video, and create “Moving Paintings.” Transitions in Focus: hard and exciting.

A universal theme: “Just Sins”

Posted Jan 12, 2015Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts


I just finished my first multi-piece wall installation based on the classic 7 Deadly Sins: Lust, Sloth, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Wrath, and Pride. I was asked to be in the Collage 2015 group exhibit by N. Penney Denning, another artist whom I respect, and wanted to create a small cohesive body of work with only 6-10 pieces that would hold together, and have each piece work on their own.

After researching other artists’ approaches on this topic (many using scantily-clad women), the idea of a taking a more personal approach formed. Since the battle to be my best self is WITH myself, the idea came to create environments for my own hands to be the characters in each of the seven “Just Sins” dramas. For example, one of my personal issues with Pride is it acts both as a positive motivator and gets in the way of doing authentic work. If I am working toward a goal of external praise, it throws off my creative center of gravity to OUTSIDE myself. So the idea of using an artificial metallic hand to extend my natural reach came.

Tacocat Dec. 4 > Creative Arts of Women Group Show

Posted Oct 6, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

WomanAs_CAW_Dec2014_600 I’m excited about making new work for the upcoming exhibit with Creative Arts of Women, presented by The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, to be held at Tacocat Cooperative in Grandview. The theme is one that deeply fascinates me, “Woman as ______.”

A couple years ago, McDonalds was giving away career-oriented Barbies, a series called “I can be…” that I found both so interesting and disturbing that I ended up collection the entire set of eight, even resorting to eBay to get the last 3! The saddest element to me was the photo of a beautiful black girl, about ten, looking up dreamily at an image of blond, white Barbie as the ideal. Not a new image, but still disturbing. I’m looking forward to digging deep with the upcoming work.

Partnering with Eric Rausch, curator

Posted Aug 4, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I met two weeks ago with Eric Rausch, to review work completed and in-progress for my upcoming show at the Cultural Arts Center. This is my first show experience, using a curator as a partner. It was an affirmative experience, and fabulous to get an invested, yet objective point of view from Eric on the gestalt of the show. Together, we decided on the installation elements, which will connect the “converging boundaries.” It’s an element that I have been using in my latest mixed media works to represent the interconnections of influences, both inside and outside ourselves, that we string together to make the chain of our life’s moments.

The opening reception of “Converging Boundaries: New Mixed Media Works by Christine Guillot Ryan / curated by Eric Rausch” will be Friday, September 5, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Daily Series: One 6 x 6 inch piece per day

Posted Feb 12, 2014Tagged In the Studio, Inspirations, Recent Posts

Since December 1, 2013, I have been doing a daily series of one piece per day. I have admired other artists who have set up a daily practice discipline, and have been fascinated by the continuity and change in style, color, and content over time. So I decided to create a piece a day, like a visual diary. I have learned much about moving through resistance to the other side, and observed what is easy and challenging. The small 6 x 6 inch size feels good, small enough to be doable, but large enough to explore different ideas. My self-imposed rule is I can get a day ahead (with a diptych) but not a day behind. 

I will exhibit many at my upcoming show this September, creating a visual creative path through nine months, or about the time of a human gestation.


Preparing for Exhibit

Posted Jan 3, 2013Tagged In the Studio, Recent Posts

When planning how the exhibit will hang, modular pieces have the advantage of being flexible for any space. But the challenge is how to show the other configurations when the pieces themselves can’t be moved? For my first exhibit, I used a velcro board with foam core miniatures so people could play with the different views. But I wanted something more polished looking.

Solution: Magnets!
Robert Mullins, a very talented metal sculptor, created light-weight metal clips that hold the modular pieces together from the backs without nails, using screws and tension, which is a great solution to allow flexibility. So I approached him to see how to make a magnet display, and Robert had a fabulous (and inexpensive solution! I just ordered the panels, and found a good source for inkjet magnet sheets, will post soon if they print well. Check out Robert Mullin’s work on his website.



  1. 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!

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