STATEMENT / BIO
The arc of Christina Seely’s research-based practice maps our increasingly tenuous relationship to the natural world born out of almost two decades of in-field experience working alongside climate scientists at the far reaches of the planet. Centered at the intersection of art, science, spirituality and design the work often points to the perceptual limits of photographic media as a stand in for our own. Her works encourages new ways of sensing the self taking into account the complex emotions and new realities that accompany facing the climate crises.
She has a broad national and international exhibition record and is featured in many public and private collections. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and Lightwork in Syracuse, NY, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, as well as a recipient of a year-long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco. She received a 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and she was a 2017 recipient of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship. Her exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction Through An Artist’s Lens opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in 2017 which led with related research to a 2020 Environmental Humanities Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her solo exhibition Dissonance and Disturbance debuted in 2021 at the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and she is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow .
She received a BA from Carleton College, her MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design, and completed a self-designed Master’s in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School in 2023. The degree centered around the potential of contemporary art as a space of spiritual and existential holding in conversation with (Western) science as a way to build more effective climate crisis communication.
She taught in the Photography Department and Graduate Program at California College of the Arts (SF+Oakland, CA) from 2007-2014 and was an Assistant and Associate Professor in the Studio Art Department at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) between 2014-2023.
She is currently represented by Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco, CA.