My sculptures present Surreal transspecies hybrids that provoke a revolving response between the mind and the body. They arouse an eerie sense of touch that is driven by contrasting textures and characteristics of the flesh. In my work, the body is a construct that represents human and creature as a kinship. A-historical and non-binary, these bodies communicate ‘flesh is flesh and life is life.’ No identity, in particular, is privileged in them. I convey the paradox between vigor and vulnerability by juxtaposing a gestural suppleness of the body with concave reductions that expose plasma and tissue. Harmony and discord, stability and instability in my forms present conditions of vitality that are unbiased and often unforgiving. Rather than speak to the competition between living systems, I communicate visceral qualities of the physical form that relate to primal experiences. By doing so, I pose challenges to the systems of human language and emphasize what we understand through instinct or intuition. By creating an encounter with uncanny life forms, my viewer experiences a silent exchange. For me, the silence represents the space in between that connects us to everything. Remote and yet together, we are reminded of our position as one who walks among many in a world that encompass all creatures and all things.
Christina Shuffield is currently a graduate candidate of the MFA program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She received her undergraduate degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing from Sam Houston State University in Texas in 2010. Christina has since transitioned into a sculptural practice, cultivating figures that characterize surreal hybrids and corporeal forms. The artist explores the similarities and relationships that connect her viewer with the brutality and tenderness of life’s conditions. She navigates the flux of harmony and discord, and perceives stability as a challenge that is shared among all forms of terrestrial life. In the Spring of 2018, Christina exhibited six sculptures for a collaborative pop up show called the 380 Eight where her work was displayed in the industrial space of Brick South Station at Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine. She participated in another group pop up exhibit, the 380 Three, located within Portland’s historic Mechanics Hall. Christina’s work Outside In, 2019, will be on display in the MFA Thesis Exhibition in May in the Bob Crew Gallery.