“Christina Pettersson wants you under her spell. A Wonderland pulses from her enchanted hand, and as you stand dwarfed before her towering pieces you are overrun by the contradictions of her natural world, the clash of sensual fantasy with corporeal decay.
Stone lions weep black blood. Murderous kudzu climbs heavenward. Neglected columns stand as the grand ghosts of an incinerated mansion.
As you’re drawn ever deeper into the tangled symphony of her deft pencil strokes, you are drenched in Gothic whimsy and beguiled by the gentle monster of an imagination overgrown with carnival and myth. Pettersson is bewitched by the songs of forgotten ghosts, by the incomprehensible decadence of her beloved South. How could you resist her mayhem?” – Susanna Sonnenberg
Through drawing, installation, sculpture, performance, and a series of weekly events surrounding her new body of work, Pettersson explains “all this is a way of re-addressing the Deep South, a place I genuinely love and feel connected to. I am approaching this imagery hard, face first into utter desolation. A constant state of mourning. A life where everything else falls around you, until at last you are forced to admit that you may be the cause of it all.”
More about Christina Pettersson
Christina Pettersson was born in Stockholm, Sweden and lives in Miami, FL. Recent exhibitions include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, Launch F18, curated by Site95, New York, NY and Primary Projects, Miami, FL. Other venues include the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Columbus Museum of Art, GA, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD, Wiregrass Museum of Art, AL, Naples Museum of Art, FL, and locally in South Florida at the Perez Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, and Locust Projects, to name a few.
She has been awarded the South Florida Cultural Consortium twice, the largest regionally sponsored artist grant in the country, as well as the Individual Artist Fellowship, and is a Fulbright Scholar for Sweden. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Deering Estate, VCCA and The Studios of Key West. She was named one of the “Young Miami artists making a mark this Art Basel go-around” by The Miami Herald last December, and was one of eight artists chosen worldwide by the Four Seasons Hotel to do a commissioned work for their 50th anniversary. She just received a Knight Grant thru O, Miami to complete a project for National Poetry Month this April at Primary Projects in conjunction with her exhibition.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Debra and Dennis Scholl, Marty and Cricket Taplin, Liza and Arturo Mosquera, Dan and Kathryn Mikesell, Frances Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Edouard Duval-Carrié and Kate Shanley.
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