Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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© 2013 Christine Marie Salama
The world is saturated with images and things. I have chosen to put more images and things into the world. In doing so, I complicate and further saturate these connections, but I also find clarity and answers through the mark, the gesture, the image, and material. I make marks with materials that are closely related to the meanings of the things I depict. The images and objects I make are ones that I know and understand because they are close to me, but the process of making leaves room for inquiry and unfamiliarity with these same objects.
I am guided by the indexical quality of material, especially as it moves into the immaterial. I begin with materials that carry a specificity to what is now as well as a world of personal and global inheritance: wax, oil paint, metal leafs, salt, spices, magazine pages, fabrics, papers, tree resins. Each carries within itself the reflection of a world of meaning and connection that humankind is perpetually forming. Each also carries a history of variation in geographic lines, cultures, and ideas of the self, becoming a fragment or bit of evidence that records constancy and change. Although the value, function, accessibility, and rarity of these materials are constantly changeing, patterns remain. With these materials and the essence they carry I aim to create multilayered objects and images that embody continual transformation, lending a voice to people and things whose pasts, presents and futures are subtly woven.
Salama, Christine M., "Bearing Likeness" (2013). CGU MFA Theses. 81.