Christina Massey

Nature has always been very influential in Christina's work and acts as a hidden agenda and representative aspect in her otherwise abstract work. The preservation of our environment and appreciation for nature reveals itself through her choice of materials and form. Be that from recycled, found or collected objects to vaguely aerial landscapes or organic shapes that can resemble bugs or floral pods. Each work asks the viewer to stretch their imagination and invites their curiosity in a struggle to identify their marks, engaging in the creative process through the act of exploration of the Art. Christina uses re-purposed craft beer cans as a primary element in her work. The cans are cut open and either hand stitched or woven into the surface with wire and monofilament, then painted in acrylic and enamel paints. The text and bar codes sneak out from beneath the surface of the paint, as it is important that these are not recognizable brands, but recognizable as labels. The play on words of the "craft beer" to their artistic inclusion of the artwork is meant to help initiate the conversation of craft vs fine art, "highbrow" vs "lowbrow," consumer choice and traditional gender identifying hobbies or activities. In a world that wants quick sound bites, these works are complicated. They have multiple layers not only in their process, but in their topics of conversation and conceptual ideas. They are somewhere in the middle of painting and sculpture, craft and fine art, masculine and feminine, even abstract and representational.