3-D Design, Arts Ministry, Ceramics, Digital Imagery, Drawing, Education, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Theology, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
In recent years I have been thinking a great deal about the nature of culture and its ephemerality. Nothing that we make as human beings will last forever and most poignantly, our contemporary culture seems committed to impermanence. We live in a throw-away culture of the impermanent.
It is interesting to consider what is and is not part of the enduring legacy of our society. As an example, we put our faith in things like digital photography to record the important aspects of our lives and yet it is one of the most unreliable and impermanent of all mediums. The photograph formats we use today most likely won’t be viewable 10 years from now. This is true of so much of what we view as “permanent” parts of our everyday lives.
What will they find when they dig up our leavings? We need a transformation in culture that will move us back toward an understanding of the definition of the word permanent; one that encompasses benefit for those that come after us. If change does not come – and soon – I fear we will leave behind a dark cultural legacy, memento morii (remembrances of death) that leave behind no hope for the future; all of the folly and foibles of our time and none of the wonder.
Through this work I hope to stimulate a dialog within the viewer about the fragility of human existence, our reliance upon forces outside of ourselves, and the type of archeological evidence we are leaving behind as a culture. They reference the industrial, the technological, the electrical, the mechanical, the organic, human physiology and the archeological. The forms and symbols found in this body of work are intentionally vague, taken from the things that surround us every day.
Referential, but not necessarily recognizable, intended to convey meaning through an emotional response connected to a deeper and often unconscious perception of our personal environments.
The work is purposefully mixed media, including things that we see everyday pressed into, through and attached to the clay substrate. These are referencing forms often found by archeologists, like the extinct arthropods found between layers of rock or objects gradually unearthed from a dig site. Often, all that is left behind is the impression of the physical substance of the object. They are the reliquaries of our future-past, a way to view the iconography of our culture.
Accomplishments / CV
A resident of Milan, Tennessee by way of New Jersey, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri, Christopher is currently a professor at Union University in Jackson, where he teaches Drawing and Painting. He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Texas A&M Commerce where he received his B.A. and M.F.A. in Painting/ Mixed Media. His mediums have included watercolor, oils, acrylics, mixed media and various sculpture mediums. Working at the moment in mixed media/ceramic wall relief, he is interested in the relationship between technology and the human condition. He has works in several collections, including the Tennessee State Museum.
M.F.A. (painting) Texas A&M University Commerce, TX 75428. B.A. (art) Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR 71753
August 1993 - present Professor of Art (2D Foundations / Painting / Graphic Design), Union University Jackson, TN 38305 (901) 668-1818 February 2002 - May 2006 Chair, Department of Art, Union University August 1987 - May 1993 Assistant Professor of Art, Southern Arkansas University Tech Camden, AR 71701 August 1984 - August 1987 Chairman, Instructor of Art, Hannibal-LaGrange College Hannibal, MO 63401 January 1983 - May 1983 Apprentice to Dallas Artist Richard Childers June 1982 - May 1983 Research Assistant to Karl Umlauf, Cast Paper Research January 1982 - May 1982 Teaching Assistant, Color Theory, Texas A&M University Commerce.
2014 “Of Moths and Rust,” Solo Exhibition, Union University; 2014 Solo Exhibition, Freed-Hardeman University; 2009-2013 - 100 for Hunger, Art for RIFA. 2013 – Group Show, Union University. 2010 – Dual Exhibition, 930 Gallery, Louisville, KY. 2010 – Dual Exhibition, Gallery 210 , Memphis, TN. 2008 Faculty Show - Union University. 2007 Solo Exhibition, Laissez-Faire Gallery, Columbia, TN. 2006 Group Exhibition, Laissez-Faire Gallery, Columbia, TN. 2004 Faculty Show - Union University. 2001 “Bethel”, Unity Park Outdoor Sculpture Commission, Jackson, TN. 2001 Honorable Mention, One Festival Juried Invitational Art exhibition, Memphis, TN. 2000 A Lynching of Racism, Invitational Exhibition, The Ned R. McWherter Center, Jackson, TN. 1999 Group Show, The Ned R. McWherter Center, Jackson, TN. 1999 Sculpture Commission, City of Jackson, Unity Park