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Christina Lorena Weisner

Sculpture | Kill Devil Hills

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Christina Lorena Weisner approaches her work like a scientist. Or perhaps a philosopher. “I typically begin with a single found object,” she says. From there, her inquiry expands outwards to encompass wider associations that site the object contextually, probing layers of factual and intuitive responses to uncover a universe of meaning.

While her process is methodical, her goal is not to define or categorize. As she explains, “As an artist/sculptor, I inherently see the world differently than most scientists: I am not concerned with delivering last words or making concrete conclusions, but rather providing questions that generate a platform for cross-disciplinary modes of thinking and possibility.” In a way, she initiates a conversation with the objects she works with, allowing us as viewers to listen in as details emerge. Lauren Hanson, in a catalogue essay for the exhibition Half & Half, described the artist’s process this way: “Weisner’s call-and-response mode of art-making allows forms to reveal themselves through moments of abrupt contact, facilitating a meditation on the nature of materials and their interaction with each other and their environments.”

Weisner earned her M.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin in Sculpture and Ceramics. She has been selected for residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch, and Sculpture Space and won a J. William Fulbright Research Grant (2013-14) to pursue sculpture and installation art in Germany. An Assistant Professor of Art at the College of the Albemarle, she lives in Kill Devil Hills. She is a 2018-2019 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient.