Christina Read’s practice is an investigation of personal and unorthodox relationships between language and object, text and image. Rather than taking inspiration from critical discussions about contemporary art and theory, her art practice is sometimes indistinguishable from her unspectacular life. Read is interested in the everyday as a place for acting out the desultory humour of the ordinary. Themes central to her practice include the homemade and handmade; neuroses and anxieties; aspirations and self-delusions; melancholy and pathos.
Read works across a range of mediums including sculpture, 2-D fabric wall hangings, video screening and performances. In 2006 she won the National Drawing Award for her work I should have been a detective. Read immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. She has a BA in Fine Arts from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, England and a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts. She is based in Auckland and is a lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.
In 2015 CIRCUIT Commissioned Read to curate The Brain, a group exhibition at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland.
Time After Time (A Subverted Plan), Perer McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
Home Movies, CIRCUIT/AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington
The Thought That Counts, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
Masons Screen, Wellington
Here’s a Plan (Things To Do), Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch
The Brain, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
Sense and Nonsense: A Festival of Absurdism, Centrum Berlin, Germany
Correspondences, Boxcopy, Brisbane, Australia
Other Possibilities, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington
The Usual, RM Gallery, Auckland
The Psychologist’s Bookshelf, Newcall Gallery, Auckland
The Barge and the Bear, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin