Christina Marcantonio

MFA ’22 Fine Arts Low-Residency

I am an interdisciplinary artist who works in fiber crafts and time-based media. I examine the domestic space, from the perspective of my own childhood home, drawing materials from worn clothing, broken toys, and other household artifacts. My work focuses on the small and seemingly invisible aspects of this place that holds my changing identity and a shifting memory within them. What happens when the familiar becomes unfamiliar? This turning point between knowing and unknowing is where I want to place my viewer, in a state of recollection and confusion. Memory is elusive. A gale kicks sand in my mouth or a late afternoon beam of light blinds me. Memory is sensorial. I feel it both inside and outside of the body. So, I give memory a place to live. What I mean by place is a structure, a built space with boundaries. Memory belongs somewhere. It has safe shelter here, in my art.

I stand facing the house and act out what it is like to be a bush in the yard. I hang weavings in the trees and observe the effects of weather and the deconstruction of my work. I catalog the sounds of movement in the home: doors creaking, the hum of a refrigerator. I sew around and around in a circle, quilting together tiny scraps, connecting the puzzle pieces of a life. I imbed the threads and shoddy from my work into felted pages, continuing the cycle of reworking and remaking.

Christina Marcantonio is an interdisciplinary artist who works in fiber and time-based media. Her work examines a changing relationship to the home space from childhood to adulthood. She explores memory that exists in the spaces we move about and the objects we use in our daily lives. She resides in her hometown of Littleton, MA.