My work is deeply influenced by death and the ephemeral quality of breath. I use my experiences as a person with a debilitating food allergy to reach something more universal. Breathing is an essential function, one that most don’t notice until it is taken away. Loss of breath and the inevitability of death is something that is ever present in my life. Whenever I eat I am contemplating the possibility of it being my last meal, my last fatal mistake.
I am very passionate about ancient history and the advancement of science and technology. My love for the dichotomy between ancient and modern manifests in my choice of medium and subject matter. I work with more traditional media like oil painting and drawing as well as technological media such as video, sound, and animation. I try to choose my medium based on what feels right for the piece and what would convey its essence most effectively to the viewer.
I use subverted self-portraiture and the female form as a vehicle to explore and convey self-biographical experiences in my art. It is important to me to leave behind some semblance of who I am in my artwork which is consequently why I often use myself as a model. Through my practice, I hope to figure out where I fit into this grandiose timeline and make the most of something so transient as one’s life.
Christine A. Banna is a multidisciplinary artist who pulls from both modern and traditional methods such as painting, drawing, video, sound and animation and utilizes them in her practice.
Born in Providence, RI, Banna grew up with a deep love of ancient history and science which has been a driving force for her since she was a young girl. This dichotomy between ancient and modern is reflected in both Banna’s subject matter and medium choices in her work.
Christine A. Banna received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from Boston University’s College of Fine Art.
Christine is currently a part-time faculty member in the Animation & Motion Media Department at Lesley University and in the Humanities Department at Fitchburg State University. She currently lives and works out of Medford, MA.