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Bizarre Bodily Tableaux by Christina A. West

A detail photo of a sculptural installation featuring a female figurePause (detail), painted Aqua Resin and video projection

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.


A bust of a male figure with the face partially obscured by colourUnmet #9, pigmented Ultracal and Hydrocal

A screen capture of Christina A. West's websiteThe front page of Christina's website

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. 


An installation view of several human sculptures with red feetIntimate Strangers (installation view at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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