The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to present "Derivations: Works by Christina Marsh," an exhibition featuring approximately 40 collagraphs, prints, mixed-media works, book arts pieces and found objects. Christina Marsh is a nationally recognized visual artist often noted for her innovative usage of food as medium. Her latest solo exhibition explores a balance between edible and traditional media. "Derivations" is a collection of works that explores cultural ideas of home, identity and legacy. The exhibition in its entirety reads as a timeline tracing the journey from slave ship to middle class existence. Her installation titled Good Ship Lollipop consists of 15 ships made of sugar, and her installation, Domestic Object 1:3 consists of washboards used for washing clothing by hand coupled with drawings depicting a domestic worker doing laundry.
Marsh remembers being in the kitchen with her mother and asking her where she learned to cook. Her mother replied that she learned from her own mother, who was a domestic to a well-traveled family, and she was shown how to replicate the recipes and would prepare them at home. The history of ingredients and social economic class as well as Marsh's realization that what her mother cooked was not a reflection of their personal history as much as that of a former employer. Initially the exhibition presents viewers with a sense of inclusiveness and shared history. As they move throughout the exhibition they realize that while there are figures, there are no faces, and the text that is offered in the works is fragmentary.
Christina Marsh received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. She currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD. Marsh is known for employing ephemeral materials such as photography and food, often in unexpected combinations that traverse traditional practice and boundaries. She is a nationally recognized visual artist and has performed with William Pope L.'s Black Factory at the Contemporary Museum in St. Louis, MO. Marsh has exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Haydon Center for Arts in Nebraska and Brooks Museum in Memphis, TN, among other venues in approximately 15 states.
Exhibition Dates: January 13 - February 10, 2012
Final Friday Reception: January 27, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Exhibition and Final Friday Reception on January 27 are free and open to the public.
The Pearlman Gallery is on the first level of the North Building at 1212 Jackson Street across from the Kroger Parking Garage. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 9-9 and Saturday and Sunday 9-5.