I don’t know if it will be as funny to you. Even though I, too, can discuss the merits of this or that gesture and the conceptual ideas that are art themselves and all that yada, yada… sometimes I just like to hear the immediate thoughts of non-artists. Not the “oh my kid could do that” nonsense, but just what they see. Especially if they’re half comedian to begin with.
Thanks for the laughs, Chris. I had a blast. Sorry, DMA. We might have been a little loud. ;-)
And with that, I'm off to shoot! =D
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
I seem to be gravitating toward the videos. Maybe I’m trying to tell myself something. :P
I sometimes do what I call reactionary pieces, where I see or hear something and immediately think of a response. I’m not looking for this to happen, it just does sometimes. And so it did while during some highly publicized rape case, we once again were bombarded with all the reasons the victim asked for it.
I was doing a lot of sound design at the time during grad school, so I decided to record my voice and manipulate it. I think it’s easier to hear most of the phrases with headphones because I have them going from left to right and such, but you should be able to get the gist of it without them.
People often ask me if she’s screaming because she’s being attacked. That wasn’t necessarily my intention. She’s screaming to drown out all the voices telling her and other women that it’s their fault.
When I created this, I lost count of how many times I screamed at the top of my lungs to get the right footage. I was kinda surprised that no one called or came to my door to check on me. I was hoping they wouldn’t, of course. They already think I’m the crazy artist living next door, which perhaps is why they just ignored it? ;-)
I don't know if she's been nominated already, but I nominate the lovely to play.
There is only sound for about the first 15 seconds. Nothing wrong with the player.
This is a short video with some memories of my three trips to New Mexico in 2014. I wasn’t thinking about making a video then, so only still shots.
I’m lucky to have met one of the best road trip buddies ever, . He’s a trooper, with my never ending, “Wait, stop, pose!” One of these days, I’ll talk him into shooting a cemetery after dark.
Anyhoo, thanks for being my tour guide, Pat. Now if you could just rid the state of spiders, I’ll be back. :P
And yeah. Sandia Peak. I woke up. I want more of that.
Also, in the Breaking Bad car wash image is the fabulous , whom I miss immensely. xoxox
Disclosure: Any images of me were taken by .
Today was not a good day. After I pouted for a bit, I decided to go down memory lane. This is a teensy little snippet of the California road trip and I took last summer.
There is a small cameo from , and I threw in some seagull butts for . :P
I should probably do another video with nothing but Nancy's shots of me entering restricted areas. =D
I’m going to approach this a little differently since I can’t post my favorite images without getting flagged. Besides, most of you have seen many of my favorite images several times already.
I’m going to post images that are very close to me personally and tell you the story behind them. They won’t necessarily be what I consider my best images, but they carry either a very intense memory or a ridiculously long process. I guess I just feel like letting you inside my head. Because I never, ever do that!!! :P
This first image is the first piece I ever sold. It’s super grainy, I think because I cropped it a great deal and then enlarged it. Honestly, I don’t remember. I actually did a video of me writing on my face. The numbers and symbols represent what we accept as our identity. Dress sizes, numbers on a scale, etc. “She’s a size 4.” “I’m 36-24-36.” “She's a pear shape.” That kind of thing. We’re so focused on those numbers and sizes, they can often take over our identity. I did the video because I wanted to do something that mimicked putting on makeup in the morning. The video had no sound, which makes it seems longer. It runs for about 9 minutes, I think. One shot. You start asking yourself, “Is this ever going to end?” I wanted it to portray the time we take trying to cover up our “imperfections” morning after morning. I can’t remember how long I spent on this. Maybe a couple of weeks? I had to learn to write backwards and use the lens as a mirror. Anyhoo, when the video was done, I took some still shots, and this is one of them. It sort of became my icon for that body of work.
What most people don’t know is that during this time, my cat was dying. I was giving her subcutaneous fluids twice a day as her kidneys were failing. I think having a project with such an involved process helped me get through the days. I was in zombie mode. When I finished, I let the emotions come, and the ink was running down my face through tears.
Sorry for such a sad post today, but this is where I wanted to start. Now, go give your kitty some love. And while you're at it, give yourself some love as well. :)
It's hard to know who has been nominated already, but I shall nominate the incredibly talented to play.
- I'm an artist working mostly with digital (photography, video, etc), but I'm known to paint on occasion (when I want to throw the computer out the window).
- More formally... Christi Nielsen is a multimedia artist who works with photography, video, and new media. Her work using mobile devices was shown at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary, and at the George Pompidou Centre in Paris. Nielsen directed inter.sect Art Collective, a group of artists exploring new media and digital exhibition spaces.
- I teach photography at the University of Texas at Dallas.
- I shoot fine art that deals with social commentary, but I also shoot interiors/real estate and travel.
- And then there's sass. Gotta have that. I decided there is only so much crazy I can take before I have to start blogging about it. Delusions of Grandeur
- Christi NielsenArtist / Photographer, 2003 - present
- University of Texas at DallasPhotography Instructor, 2014
- Los Angeles Film FestivalProduction Intern, 2011 - 2011
- Los Angeles Center for Digital ArtIntern, 2009 - 2010
- University of Texas at DallasInstructor of Record, 2007 - 2008
- National Institute for Healthcare LeadershipDirector of Marketing, 2005 - 2007
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