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Cristina Ferrigno
Sunnyside, NY
Neighborhood: Park Slope



ARTIST STATEMENT: THE PRESERVATION OF HERITAGE

How much of our lives are comprised of the combination of nature vs. nurture, free will and pure luck? The Preservation of Heritage series is heavily biographical and is the most intimate body of work I’ve developed thus far. I was adopted as an infant from an orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia in 1987 and was raised in an upper middle class Brooklyn household. This series has been an exercise of self-exploration and has enabled me to tackle my fundamental questions of identity and privilege. My feelings of “in between–ness” are reflected in my process, I’m drawn to photography and the archive, I work with cyanotypes, pinhole cameras and digital scanning using found family photos and personal artifacts whose meaning has been lost or altered over time. I’m interested in the interplay of time and decay, the push and pull of simultaneously preserving and destroying something precious. This ongoing series comprises of numerous, small mixed media and photo based works.

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  • Untitled Box III
    2017
    Cicada, sycamore leaf and orchids in painted wood and glass box
    Now on view in "Forest No. 2" at Hub 17, 73 Wave St, SI, NY through August 20th 2017

  • Untitled Box II
    2017
    Wasp nest and orchids in painted wood and glass box

  • Untitled Box I
    2017
    Wasp, wasp nest, bark, sycamore ball and die in stained and painted wood and glass box

  • The Preservation
    2009
    Handmade artist book, mixed media & collage
    "The Preservation" Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • Easter
    2009
    Mixed media collage with olive leaf on canvas
    "Preservation Series" BFA Thesis MICA 2009

  • The Garden
    2008
    Mixed media collage on canvas
    "The Preservation" Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • Innocence
    2009
    Mixed media collage on Masonite block
    "The Preservation" Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • Sunday
    2009
    Mixed collage on wood panel
    "The Preservation" Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • The Dinner Table
    2008
    Mixed media collage on found wood
    "The Preservation" Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • The Golden Hind
    2009
    Spray paint and acrylic on wood panel
    The Labors of Hercules Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • The Cretan Bull
    2009
    Pencil and Gesso on wood panel
    The Labors of Hercules Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009

  • Cerberus
    2009
    Spray paint and acrylic on masonite panel
    The Labors of Hercules Series BFA Thesis, MICA 2009
 








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