After working in the mediums of expansive largescale paintings, works on paper and sculpture, my work has transitioned to the mediums of collage/montage, medium sized paintings on rice paper and tabletop sculpture. Often, I seek or stumble upon images or objects and combine them with thoughts to make finished pieces. Each individual body of the work that I make initiates a dialogue, where the pieces “talk” amongst themselves. Each group of work forms a narrative, where within it, a dialogue is created and refers to a series of incidents, explanations, or events. Making these works, satisfies a need to problem solve and mirrors the way we all make sense of our surroundings, organize thoughts and address the nature of the human condition. Mostly, I think about the title of a painting by Paul Gauguin: Where Do We Come From? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?
Chris Costan has been awarded individual grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been collected nationally by institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ, Tacoma Art Museum and Montclair Art Museum among others. Costan has been reviewed in major publications such as ARTnews, Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine and Details magazine. She has also attended artists residency programs such as Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, Nota Bene in Cadaques, Spain, and the Stone Barn Center for the Arts in Rome, NY. She will be attending a residency at Lichtenberg Studios in Berlin, Germany in 2019. Costan was born in Chicago and lives/works in New York City, maintaining an additional studio in Kingston, NY.
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