Studio: Spaceworks Gowanus

Discipline: Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture

Based In: Brooklyn

Website: Christina Martinelli website

In the past few years my work has dealt with color and abstraction and ways in which pattern can hypnotize as well as disrupt the very human tendency to see recognizable imagery in the abstract, such as a woman’s form in a sea-worn rock or a jack rabbit in a cumulus cloud. In exploring pattern I have also explored it’s relationship to textile and have been investigating how the decorative can function as the symbolic in fluid ways. In the past year my work has become more personal and I have been exploring ways in which abstraction and pattern can be narrative and linear, with a specific focus on a different manner of abstraction – the visualization of what happens to the essence of someone in the moment of death and afterward; how we can account for this journey; how we remember and imagine the intangible; and how we memorialize in a universal unspoken language, all while exploring relationships between people. I have been working mainly with drawing – highly repetitious pen marks and color pencil on graph paper and cloth, as well as via painting and sculpture, in order to create visceral patterns of a symbolic nature.

2010 MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Rinehart School 
of Sculpture, Baltimore, MD 
2008 BA, Visual Arts, Bennington College, Bennington, VT



2016 Off-Site Channeling, The Java Project, Brooklyn, NY

2016 Unbroken, TI Art Studios, Brooklyn, NY