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!

Venice Biennale, 2017

Posted May 28, 2017Tagged Inspirations, Recent Posts

I have dreamed of going to Venice since I was eight, and first heard of a city with streets of water. This year, I was finally able to go, and combined this dream with another: seeing the famous international arts exhibit: the Venice Biennale. Kiki Smith and Mark Bradford are two of my american artist heroes, and both were exhibiting this year: Mark Bradford in the United States Pavilion, and Kiki Smith as part of the main exhibit.

Many of international pavilions had themes focusing on the refuge crisis. The almost Disneyland-like homogeny of Venice made me wonder what kind of restrictions the city must place on landowners to maintain its timeless appeal. The international contemporary art, creativity spanning hundreds of miles, then arts spanning hundreds of years was truly life-altering.

Artists’ Talk: CAW “Inside”

Posted Mar 31, 2017Tagged Inspirations, Recent Posts

This was my second time giving an artist talk at the Cultural Arts Center, and my first collaborative experience. CAW [Creative Arts of Women] was asked by the Cultural Arts Center to participate in the “Coffee and Art” noon series, and I joined CAW members Lynda McClanahan, Megan Evans, and Allison Sponhalz to talk about the concept of the show, and how each of us had used it in our work.

CawArtistTalk_2017_BWOne of the things I love about CAW is that the “Steers” (leadership team) come up with concepts that can be approached in many different ways, and are broad enough to pull together artists’ work from many different mediums.

Megan Evans in her mixed media piece “Home” uses the shapes of a beehive to talk about issues related to community and creating an interior. Allison Sponhaltz’s mixed media wall sculpture “Cracked” uses the shape of a secret cabinet to draw the viewer in. Lynda McClanahan’s “Oak Tree with Cow” (in background) uses images of domesticity to create an interior space. My video “Interior POV [room for 3]” combines 3 different image zones and alternates focus to communicate the interconnectedness of a personal interior space.

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.

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.


June 23-27 Mixed Media Workshop

Posted Feb 4, 2014Tagged Artist Resources, Inspirations, Recent Posts

I’m excited about teaching a 1-week workshop at the Cultural Arts Center in June. It will be an immersive experience, with demos of many different techniques and support to carry pieces from beginning experimentation and concept, through the “messy middle,” to resolution.

Workshop Description PDF

Workshop Info & Reservations, Cultural Arts Center

  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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