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Teresa Christiansen: Natural Selections
April 3, 2015 - May 29, 2015
First Friday Reception: Friday April 3rd, 6-8pm
“Natural Selections is a series of constructed photographic landscapes. Each image is a photograph of a print of a view that I have taken or found, then re-presented for the camera. The surfaces of these prints have been disrupted: cut, buckled, folded, or torn. Objects related to the landscape depicted are positioned with the print. The camera is angled to suggest an encounter with the scene. Although some images in the series may appear digitally altered or fabricated, each is a straight photograph.”
Teresa Christiansen was born and raised in New York City by an art teacher and a curator of European paintings. She studied psychology and painting as an undergraduate in Maine at Bates College, and moved back to NYC to work as an Assistant Photographer in the Photograph Studio of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for nine years, where she photographed art objects ranging from Walker Evans’ postcard collection to Andy Goldsworthy’s roof garden installation. While working at the Met, she completed her MFA in photographic studies at ICP-Bard in 2008 and went on to teach at the International Center of Photography. Teresa now lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor in Photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has exhibited her work widely, including New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and LA. Most recently she has shown work at Aperture Gallery, The Art Gym, Newspace Center for Photography, and Philadelphia Photo Art Center. She was a 2007 winner of PDN Photo Annual, a 2013 Regional Arts & Culture Council grant recipient and a 2014 Wassaic Artist Resident.