Opening: Boundary Creatures

July 5, 2019 6:00 pm - July 5, 2019 9:00 pm

Boundary Creatures is the most recent body of work by mixed-media installation artist, Christine Garvey.

“What is most regulated in any culture is the body, particularly women’s bodies… Even centuries before the term emerged, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle advanced the influential argument that a woman’s body is monstrous by nature, a deviation from that of the normative male…”

– Francis Connelly, The Grotesque in Western Art and Culture (2012)

“In my sculptures and installations I claim the female body as my raw material – tearing it apart and rebuilding it as a way to find power, autonomy, and dark magic in its inherent otherness.

My installation for Terminal 136 acts as a kind of feminist temple. The gallery contains a number of altars, each one host to what historian Francis Connelly calls “Boundary Creatures,” grotesque monsters that “roam the borderland of all that is familiar and conventional.” Akin to a kind of Stations of the Cross, where Christians meditate on the suffering and transformation of Christ on his way to crucifixion, each altar offers a place to contemplate the surreal materiality of the female form, one which has been ruined, sacrificed, and reinvented throughout the course of history.

While each Boundary Creature contains something familiar (hands, limbs, genitalia) they carry within them a monstrous potential. They are rotten little fruits; whole yet misshapen, sweet but toxic.

As a collection, these forms aim to remind us of the malleability of our flesh and find in this examination a sense of pleasure, power, and terror in our capacity for ruin. A feeling women are all too familiar with.”

About the Artist

Christine Garvey is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Austin, Texas. She received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal and BFA from Washington University in St Louis. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin), Jules Maidoff Gallery (Florence), and HERE Art Center (New York).

Garvey is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2016 Fulbright Research Grant from the Italian Commission, Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship, and most recently a City of Austin Community Initiatives Grant.

On view July 5 to July 20
Opening Reception: Friday, July 5, 6pm – 9pm
Non-reception hours: Thursday – Saturday, noon to 5pm
This exhibition is free and open to the public.