Cristina R. Nelson
When asked what my work is about, I evade answering, as I don’t hold an overarching philosophy or guiding principle. Because of my training as a historian of US and gender history, and my use of vintage images and materials, my work can be loosely interpreted as evocative of history and memory. However, it is generally free of the theoretical insights that inspire and guide many artists. I am wary of establishing a single top-down story for my pieces. Rather, like history itself, they are subject to individual evocation, storytelling, interpretation, and contextualization. As far as my process, the objects or pictures I’ve assembled on my worktable tend to dictate what shape the work will take. It slowly forms into what viewers tell me is a “story.” But it’s their story, their context, their interpretation. My work, with few exceptions, is mostly defined by the viewer.
I am connected to three cultures: the culture of Buenos Aires, where I was born and lived for a time; that of both rural and urban northwestern Italy, where I lived from age 2 until age 9; and US culture, both northern and southern. I belong to all of them and I belong to none of them.
TIED WITH AN EASY THREAD
Mixed Media Assemblage, 15 x 9 x 2"
WHEN JOHN'S DADA WAS A YOUNG BOY
Mixed Media Assemblage, 13 x 7 x 2.5"