Bizarre Bodily Tableaux by Christina A. West
Sculptor and featured artist Christina A. West is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, where she creates bizarre bodily tableaux. Using a basis of realistic human figures and busts, Christina skews her imagery using odd notes of colour, changes in scale and positioning within a gallery space, expressing the oddity of human forms and relationships.
I’m a big fan of Christina’s busts – each work is a realistic sculpture of a face and shoulders, but many have features or details sanded down into flat planes, or moments of incongruous colour added. The result is at once an upbeat, pop-like take on the traditional of classical busts, and a slightly disturbing departure from the regular human form. Many of the faces that Christina sculpts are far from serene, wearing faces of anger, sadness or apathy.
Christina’s full-body sculptures and installations also feature these abstract interventions. In Intimate Strangers, for example, several stark white full-body sculptures are offset by bright red paint that reaches the same height on each figure.