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Christina Hope


ARTIST STATEMENT

Water is the medium of life. In her book A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman notes that when we were only nascent beings floating in a warming sea, our first eyes were patches of skin that could discern light from dark. Water taught us to see. It is the home we can never live in again, yet it continues to call us. I go underwater with my camera, with ideas, with visions. The compositions are classical, sometimes allegorical. All involve the human form. This is a given. I arrange props and models in this hushed, submerged world and hold my breath. Light pours from above and the bodies become luminous. Water has its own transforming power. It both contains and suspends time. It is a liquid lens, delicately sifting shades of light and shadow. Hundreds of images later, the water reveals evanescent visions of its own.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2002 University Art Gallery, University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, South Carolina
1998 COMING UP FOR AIR, Agnes Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
1995 ANGELS UNDER WATER, Silver Palm Gallery, Hilton Head, South Carolina
1994 Art Center, Bahia Blanca, Argentina, South America
1993 ANGELS UNDER WATER, Agnes Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama
CHRISTINA HOPE-PHOTOGRAPHY, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
CHRISTINA HOPE-PHOTOGRAPHY, Mario Villa Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1991 CHRISTINA HOPE-PHOTOGRAPHY, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
1990 WATER ANGELS, Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
SMALL WORKS, Available Light Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
1989 ANGEL, Menotti Galleria, Milan, Italy
1980 SIX FEET UNDER, Flagler College Gallery, St. Augustine, Florida
1975 Design Unlimited Gallery, St. Andrews, Scotland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

2000 20 YEARS OF INFINITE VISION, with Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Arthur Kern, Gyuri Hollosy, Julian LaTrobe, Renee Monrose, Mario Villa Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
OFF THE WALL, The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut
POLAROID 2000, THE POLAROID PROJECT II, 20x24, House Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
WINGS OF HOPE, with Deepak Chopra, Epps Aviation Hangar, Atlanta, Georgia
1999 TABOO presents TESTOSTERONE, Vaknin Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
REFLECTIONS, RAF Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
1997 THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY, with Jack Leigh, Todd Murphy, Laura Noel, Eugen Schoenfeld, The Gwinett Fine Arts Center, Duluth, Georgia
THE POLAROID PROJECT I, 20x24, Darryl Bunn Studio, Jacksonville, Florida
FANTASY FORMS AND FIGURES, with Enzo Torcoletti, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida
WATER ANGELS, Silver Palm Gallery, Hilton Head, South Carolina
H2O + AgNO3, Target Gallery, Juror: John Echave, Photo Editor National Geographic, Alexandria, Virginia
1996 ANDY WARHOL•CHRISTINA HOPE•JERRY UELSMANN, The F. Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida
1995 HEAVENLY BODIES, Earth & Fire Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
WOMEN ON WOMEN, Ricciardi Gallery, Astoria, Oregon
1994 GALLERY ARTISTS, Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, Massachusetts
1993 THE FEMININE IMAGE, with Sally Mann-Alice Neel-Alex Katz, Atlantic Center for
The Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida
SENSE AND SENSUALITY, Gallery 88, Jacksonville, Florida
1992 CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY, Herb Ritts, David Salle, Christina Hope- Jerry Uelsmann, Leigh Wiener, Rex Miller, Fleck/Ellman Gallery, Aspen, Colorado
IMAGE-IMPACT, FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida
41ST ANNUAL ALL-FLORIDA, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
VISUAL ART FELLOWSHIP91-92, Center of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
CHRISTINA HOPE-PHOTOGRAPHY, NOFA DIXON-SCULPTURE, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, Florida
FLORIDA’S FINEST, 1991-92, University Gallery of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
1991 APA’S FIRST ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS, NIKON HOUSE, New York, New York
51ST INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SALON EXHIBITION, Japan (Traveling)
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