Christina Barrera
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Original Mixed Media Pieces

 

Christina Barrera
Biography & Artist Statement

Christina Barrera recently graduated with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida where she attended the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. High School of the Arts. Christina’s work deals with, examines, and visualizes the idea of a universal consciousness and energy that connects all beings and entities in the universe. She seeks to dissolve the figure until it is barely discernible from the world she has created for it; giving the work a sense of timelessness, ethereality, and communicating the idea that all things are created through conscious thought and therefore are one and the same. Barrera’s works incorporate painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, photography and textile. She has received many honors and awards, most notable the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust Scholarship, which allowed her to attend MICA on a full tuition, room and board scholarship. Barrera also received scholarship to study abroad in Florence, Italy in the spring of 2009 and received one of three Diversity in the Arts Internships at the Walters Art Musuem, where she worked in the department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Barrera was selected for a nationally traveling drawing show Disegno II:Undergraduate Drawing in her sophomore year. She hopes to live in Baltimore, travel, and participate in artist residencies before applying to a graduate program for her MFA and ultimately keeping her studio practice alongside a professorship at an art university. Christina Barrera currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

“My work deals with, examines, and visualizes the idea of a universal consciousness or energy that connects all beings and entities in the universe, and the idea that everything is essentially made up of the same “stuff” weaving in and out of and melding into one another. I like to make spaces that sometimes have figures or surrogates for figures that dissolve into or are interrupted by the spaces that they are integrally a part of. We are discrete objects, alienated by our solid form and yet fluid bodies constantly in a state of flux, giving and receiving information in the form of energy. The work seeks to dissolve the boundaries that we perceive between ourselves and our universe and literally interconnect energy, environment, figures and all things; giving the work a sense of existing in a timeless space and communicating that within the reality of the created space all things are the same in their material and immaterial existences despite our seeming separateness.”

 

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