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Christina Pettersson  Miami, FL

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About Christina

I am examining the notion of self as an evocation of the whole of one’s history, not as one lives it in act of circumstance, but as one’s imagination creates it, in the mind and passions. Reality is not simply the world as it exists outside our minds but the product of the imagination as it shapes the world. Because it is constantly changing as we attempt to find imaginatively satisfying ways to perceive the world, reality is an activity, not a static object. We put together parts of ourselves in an attempt to make it seem coherent. To make sense of the world is thus to construct a world view of ourselves thru an active exercise of the imagination.

Walking the plank, buried alive or levitating, the figures in my work examine the notions of fate and inevitability. Though I mostly use images of myself, I cannot rightly say it is me. Even in video there is that level of unknowability that comes from watching yourself becoming a part of the past. The chasm of turning into history is wrought with such sadness. For within that strange wizardry there is something intolerable, foretold, lost and come to pass, some ancient magic that I cannot say. The figures seem to ask the viewer to be rescued from themselves. Or perhaps it is the other way around. Whether in drawing or video, the figure is ever changing, lending a cinematic quality that implies the passage of time. They have been here forever, exposing all that has disappeared, ghosts of the stories that might have been. This is the nature of isolation. What we can know of our own lives is in fact as limited as what we know of the world’s past. As one grows older, fragments of memory condense, like single lines of poetry, and an ever-narrowing frame of reference seeks to explain ever-widening gaps. Amputated remembrances become isolated, the rare artifacts of a life. Yet the body itself, being the first and final object, continues to radiate in the mind’s eye, like a magic lamp. In the end this work achieves what memory and the body cannot, a kind of immortality.

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"You know, I visited this site last year and looked at this artist work. I was so amazed by the hate that was leveled against Pettersson for her writing that I left a pretty heated comment. Now when I read the new comments about composition, I realize that you have not even visited the artist web-site. Are you not artist yourselves? Are you not interested in learning more before taking a stand on it? The train track image on this site is a detail of a much larger work. Take the time you took to write your judgments and visit her web-site. Just a suggestion, Tuffy"

"Some artists put themselves and their work out there and have their hearts ripped out by the public, critics, whomever. CP carves out her own heart and shows it to you, bloody and dripping. Come and get it..."

"The art and artist statement has definitely provoked the viewer to respond... both negatively and positively. I call this success! Amazing work Christina! I bet the scale and actual detail are even more impressive in life. Hope to see your work up close and personal one day... and soon..."

"Listen, if all you haters don't understand that there is more talent and genuineness in this artist then your ability to grasp a understanding of her thoughts than I truly feel sorry for you. Some artist are just capable of transcending your perceived biases and Christina Pettersson is one of them. Maybe think about the quality of what you bring to the table next time before you knock down someone who obviously has mad talent with her medium as well as her mind.I understand more about contemporary art now after looking at her website and reading her statements.Thank you, Tuffy"

"I would like to hear more discussion about the development of our imagination and the world view."


"very cool alsome art it speck for it self."

"A head on a stick? yuk......gruesome...."

"Horrifyingly beaautiful! They inspire me to become a better Artist! GREAT job Ms. Christina Pettersson! :) :D"

"I don't get it."

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