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. Recent projects include: Sense and Non-sense: A Festival of Absurdism for Centrum Berlin and Other Possibilities for Enjoy Gallery, Wellington. 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.
2013 Other Possibilities, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington
2012 The Usual, Rm Gallery, 295 K’Road, Newton, Auckland
2009 The Psychologist’s Bookshelf, Newcall Gallery, Level 1, Newcall Tower, Hohipere St, Newton, Auckland
2008 The Barge and the Bear, Blue Oyster Gallery, Moray Chambers Building, Basement, 30 Moray Place, Dunedin
2007 Experiments on a Roof Top, Creative New Zealand, 3rd Floor, Southern Cross Building, 57-61 High Street, Auckland