Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Cassano.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach, VA. I’ve been engaged with art as far back as I can remember. Incriminating family stories may mention my early addiction to crayons, markers and paint all still while sporting diapers. Growing up, art classes were what I looked forward to in school and where I seemed to find my outlet and voice. I constantly drew, painted, sculpted and even had a line of handmade jewelry in high school. I went on to receive a BFA degree with a concentration in oil painting and minor in the study of modern architecture. My artwork and mediums have evolved in many ways throughout the years, but the main underlying theme has always explored points of balance (or lack thereof) between contrasting interconnections: internal–external, life–death, logic–emotion, then onto industrial–organic, and eventually into ecology–technology.
To quote Oscar Wilde, “Life imitates art”, I turned this artistic exploration of these contrasting interconnections into literal life terms. In 2001 at the age of 26, I packed a U-haul and left my home’s humid ocean shores to explore a new life in the arid Sonoran desert. I arrived here with no structure awaiting – no employment, no personal connections and certainly no shred of familiarity to this outer space-like landscape. What was waiting for me was the opportunity to create a life in the arts and the challenge to learn to navigate the world on my own terms.
That was 17 years ago. Last year I had the honor of having an installation at the Phoenix Art Museum and a solo exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. So far it’s been a captivating artistic adventure filled with valuable life lessons, experiences and discoveries that have forever changed me from the inside out.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on sculpture and installation-based works. Currently my artwork explores the intrigue, unease and fragility between humanness, technology and ecology. Cast concrete forms and a wide range of integrated materials explore elements of our human advancements – both monumental and diminutive, as well as catastrophic and curative. These works aim to pose curiosities that question our own place in both the making and unmaking of planetary life.
My hope is that my work stands on its own – that the narrative I’m creating using unique processes, wide-ranging materials and complex installations can, in their own way, resonate with the viewer. My goal as an artist isn’t to inspire, but to engage the viewer through an idea or experience that may (hopefully) evoke critical thought and a lasting visual dialogue.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
To this point, there is only one piece of advice that I can offer. As an artist, there are no rules – there are only challenges. The only thing that will separate an artist from fear and concern is the ability to be resourceful. “Resourcefulness” itself is both subjective and situational, but the only financially successful artists I know are the ones that have an uncanny ability to be incredibly dedicated and resourceful in the face of ambivalence.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see all of my work online at both www.christinecassano.com and www.sanostudio.com. I have active social media accounts where I add visual eye candy from time to time.
If you’d like to see work in person, Nov. 1st is the opening of my exhibition of new work at Gebert Contemporary on Main in Scottsdale. You can also catch some of my work at the new Mesa ArtSpace Gallery in downtown Mesa later this year. Art studio visits are welcome, but by appointment.
People can support my work in a variety of ways. On the website(s), subscribe to get invites to exhibits, updates and follow on social media. Of course, if you can, the best way to support any artist is to purchase art and learn more about the value of collecting artwork. We artists typically enjoy good banter and conversations, so be sure to say hello to all of us if you make it to an opening or event.
- Website: www.christinecassano.com
- Phone: 602-332-2604
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christine_cassano/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cassano.christine
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/cmcassano
- Other: www.sanostudio.com
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