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Body of Work: Art by Christina A. West

A sculpture of a man looking through a sheet of plywoodYou're Welcome, Aqua resin, carpet, plywood

Sculptor and installation artist Christina A. West has a body of work that centres on the human form. In full-body sculptures and busts, Christina displays an obvious skill for detailed, realistic sculpture, then embellishes her works with moments of pure abstraction to create works that are quite contemporary while calling upon classical ideals for visual art.

A sculpture of a man lying on the floor with a gold facePersonal Icon (detail), ceramic, paint, gold leaf


I’m really impressed by Christina’s body sculptures. While the sizes of the figures vary between slightly larger than life, and slightly smaller, the level of detail on the figures always seems accurate to the point of being scientific. The bodies represented in Christina’s artworks are not overly polished or proportioned according to particular standards of beauty. Rather, these are “average,” “normal” figures, turned iconographic by the process of sculpting, painting, and decorating.

A screen capture of Christina A. West's art


In our previous feature of Christina’s work we also mentioned the artist’s busts – interestingly, I find that in the artist’s busts, the actual body becomes less of a focus and more of a substrate for the abstract interventions that are then added.

The back of a bust of a woman with pink spray paintTits (back), pigmented hydrocal and spray paint

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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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