Christine Howard Sandoval
Living between the high desert of Colorado and the urban environment of New York City has placed the politics of fragile landscapes at the center of my artistic research. My research-based practice includes: video, photography, local interviews, field recordings, and historical data.
I have made projects responding to abandoned coalmines in the South West, The Gowanus Canal a Superfund site in Brooklyn, the Eastriver waterfront, and the site of a forest fire located at the edge of wilderness and a large suburban development in Colorado. These sites are often characterized by their "edge effect", where two disparate spaces meet in an abrupt transition. In my work, I document the act of walking through specific sites with an automatic video camera strapped to my body. The act of walking is a performance, a ritual, and a discipline that allows me to connect with a place.
My work re-images the body's relationship to a post-modern landscape through the use of time- based media and three dimension constructions. Through the language of media and material, I create an alternative edge effect between the subjective space of the viewer and my own simulated experience in specific landscapes.
Christine Howard Sandoval is a mixed media artist whose life spent between the high desert of Colorado and New York City has placed the politics of fragile landscapes at the center of her artistic research. Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally including Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (2013), El Museo Del Barrio, NY (2013), and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY (2010). She has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts (2010) and The Vermont Studio Center (2010). Sandoval was born and raised in the Silicone Valley, CA and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute (2006), and is an MFA candidate of Fine Arts at Parsons, The New School of Design (2013).