Christina Read

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.

CIRCUIT Resources

Podcast with Mark Amery (2015) 

Selected Exhibitions

2020
Time After Time (A Subverted Plan), Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington

2019
Home Movies, CIRCUIT/AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images, Wellington

2018
The Thought That Counts, Peter McLeavey Gallery, Wellington
Masons Screen, Wellington

2017
Here’s a Plan (Things To Do), Ilam Campus Gallery, Christchurch

2015
The Brain, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

2014
Sense and Nonsense: A Festival of Absurdism, Centrum Berlin, Germany
Correspondences, Boxcopy, Brisbane, Australia

2013
Other Possibilities, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington

2012
The Usual, RM Gallery, Auckland

2009
The Psychologist’s Bookshelf, Newcall Gallery, Auckland

2008
The Barge and the Bear, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin