Christine ReedOakland, CA
Through monotype prints and paintings, I recall experiential memories of landscape. Across the series, the interplay of field and frame, form and void, intention and ambiguity, structure and disarray is my focus. Visual juxtaposition becomes a mechanism to hold attention and create time for a sustained impression of visual space within the field of the work. Often an ordering framework - a grid or pattern - is interrupted, blurred, dissolved or refracted through the process of working. The trace of order in the underlying framework, still visible within the finished work, teases the mind’s tendency to search for perceptible structure – for repetition or rhythm – in the random array. By engaging the mind in perceptual play and disarming the intellectual focus of the viewer, my work aims to evoke the visceral response of that which initially inspired the work – the experience of space and light.
Christine Reed is a landscape architect and artist. She received her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her work has spanned both disciplines with projects ranging from gallery installations and public art, to the design of gardens, plazas, parks and campuses. She integrates an experimental approach to materials and process with the craft of site design to explore aspects of attention and perception; utilizing this exploration to create transformative experiences within the urban environment. Her studio practice in painting and printmaking strongly informs this work; providing a means of focus, experimentation and exploration into the inherent mutability of perception. Ms. Reed has exhibited her studio work nationally, participating in collaborative installation projects for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the UC Berkeley Townsend Center as as well as solo exhibitions of painting and monotype prints in galleries.