Christina McClelland is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, notably at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, IL; the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, IA; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Recently, her work has been shown at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Chicago, Cofa Space Gallery in Sydney, Australia; and she was a featured artist for Round 1 of PSOne Iowa City’s Iowa City CSA. Born in Ames, IA, Christina received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of Iowa. She lives and works in Urbana, IL. Christina is attending ACRE residency this summer.
“My artistic practice deals with notions of perceived success and celebration, often through the production of skewed versions of objects that serve as markers of commemoration, prestige, and value. In recent bodies of work I have transformed humble materials including dry pasta, glue, and spackle, creating sculptures, object-based installations, and embellished digital prints that contrast the idea of a commemorative object with its physical materiality. Situated between the interventionist strategies of artists like Fred Wilson, a low-brow version of pop art, and Martha Stewart’s home improvement projects, my work questions the desire and pursuit of coveted objects that mark success in society, as well as permanence of this perception.”