Who I am! “Biography”
I grew up in New Jersey with a mother and a father who were both teachers, and with a family that said, “Yes, Christina has Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia. So..?” Life has been a fine balance between knowing what I want to do and knowing what I can do.
My higher education started with an Associate degree in Art from Landmark College in VT. It has ended for now with a Master of Fine Arts / Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University in affiliation with School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In between I earned a Professional Photographer Certificate from Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turners Falls, MA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts / Photography Concentration from The Art Institute of Boston, Boston MA.
I have worked with a few museums in Boston educating people about art as well as preserving archival photographs. My real passion is in teaching. I’m a guest speaker in the Brookline Schools, Brookline, Ma. I work with students and talk with them about living with a disability and making art.
My interest in the nature of the human form comes from living with Cerebral Palsy. I look at my body. Then I look at other people’s bodies to see how they move through physical and intellectual spaces differently than someone who does not have to consciously control every step.
The tools that I use to create my art are not the tools most people usually think of as drawing materials. I use Sharpies, water color crayons and wood. I use Sharpies as my pencils and water color crayons as my paint. The wood is my canvas.
I currently live in Somerville, MA. My studio is at the Mad Oyster Studios, Somerville, MA.