Christen Mattix
  • Bellingham, WA
  • United States
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Art Criticism, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Moving Images, Painting, Performance, Photography, Public Art, Sculpture, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
My current project, For Longing, began on May 1, 2012. I sit at a former bus stop in Fairhaven WA, knitting a line down the hill towards the bay located .4 miles and 371 feet below me. I am making a journey without taking a step. A shift in perception made possible by slowing down, one stitch at a time, in sun and rain. An urban line drawing that calls attention to each crack in the sidewalk. Followed up the hill by the unknowing jogger, surprise! A modern fairy tale for all: “Once upon a time, a lady sat here and knit a line to the ocean…” I set up the structure of the piece, and now the art is happening–the improvisational, beautiful, and real events that could never be planned. Originally, I thought the piece would be a solitary journey, art-as-meditation, an embodiment of the desire to connect myself to the Infinite. However, I am experiencing an abundance of interaction that is transforming me and my neighborhood. Almost every day, people ask me what I am making, and when I tell them, they laugh at the sheer joy and absurdity of it. I often make eye contact with people as they drive by, exchanging smiles, breaking down the wall between driver and pedestrian, car and flesh. Unguarded presence as gift. Knitting as practice, tying and untying knots. Knots created—community woven together. Knots untied, control and fear dissolved. Art and artist as part of the community. Art as extension of the body. Warm, touchable art. Body as extension of earth, water and sky. Rivulet to the ocean…
Accomplishments / CV

b. 1977, Seattle, WA


2005 M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute

2001 B.F.A. Western Washington University, cum laude

1998 Wheaton College



“Entanglements,” solo, Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA


“You Did Not Choose Me, I Chose You,” two person, Shift, Seattle, WA


“You Are The Landscape,” solo, Shift, Seattle, WA


“Blue Sky Paintings,” solo, SPAC Gallery, Seattle, WA


“Tram Bui & Christen ‘Ru’ Mattix,” two person, Nico Gallery, Seattle, WA



“Petite Fours,” Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA


James Washington Artists in Residency, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, WA (curated by Jessica Powers, Whitney Ford Terry, & Paula Stokes)

“Re-Art,” (juried) Allied Arts, Bellingham, WA

“Spitting Image 2012,” Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

“The Spirit of Prophesy,” (curated by Elizabeth W. Noyes) St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA (catalog)


“Password,” Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy

Knitting Meditation Installation, (curated by Barbara Shaiman) SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Merchant of Dreams,” Primo Piano LivinGallery, Lecce, Italy

“Re-Art,” (curated by Berrit Ness), Smith-Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA

“Spitting Image,” Rosen Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Department of Art Biennial Exhibit,” Western Gallery, Bellingham, WA


“Collective Singular,” (curated by Sandra Ceas) – Core Annex Gallery, Denver, CO

“Genesis,” Bridge Gallery, Denver, CO

“The Super8 Challenge,” Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA


“Sea Shift,” G Gallery, Houston, TX

“Self-Absorbed,” (juried) SPAC Gallery, Seattle, WA

“The Beautiful, Grotesque and Sublime,” Lookout Gallery,Vancouver, CA


“Beyond Edge” (curated by Christen Mattix & Mary Coss) -The Other Roadside Attraction, Mount Vernon, WA

“Summer Introductions,” (curated by Barbara Shaiman)-SAM Gallery, Seattle, WA


“Small Works,” Shift Studio, Seattle, WA

“Shift4: New Members Show,” Seattle, WA

“Hope: Open/Closed,” (curated by Katie Kresser)-The Art Center, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA


“Master of Fine Arts Exhibition,” San Francisco Art Institute, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason (catalog)

“The Postcard Show,” The Lab, San Francisco

“Haunted,” Cellspace, (curated by America Meredith)-San Francisco, CA

“Expanded Cinema,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


“Tyrannical Norm,” (curated by Susan Tillitt), Mnemonic Gallery, Seattle, WA

“Small Works,” (juried), Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

“Continuing MFA Show,” Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


“No Lifeguard on Duty,” (curated by Linda Gardner)-Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA


“Forgotten Works Challenge,” Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA


“Minding the Body,” (curated by Christen Mattix) – Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA


“See-Saw,” 734 Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


“Almost Nothing,” (curated by Tim Lowly)-Dynamite Project Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

“The Second Annual Realism International Juried Art Exhibition,” Period Gallery, Leavenworth, NE

“Beyond Borders,” (curated by Jena Scott formerly of Greg Kucera Gallery)-Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA (catalog)



Doing Good Well, Emerging Female Leaders in the Arts Recognition Award


James + Janie Washington Foundation, residency, Seattle, WA


Professional Artist Scholarship, Gage Academy, Seattle, WA


The Vancouver Project, residency, Vancouver, Canada


Outstanding Graduate Award, Art Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

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