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Human Nature

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December 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am February 3, 2024 @ 3:00 pm

The Roxbury Arts Group is excited to present Human Nature, a solo show by the multi-media artist Christina Hunt Wood. The show will be on display from December 2nd to February 3rd in the Roxbury Arts Center’s Walter Meade Gallery. An Artist Reception will be held in the gallery on Saturday, December 2nd, from 3pm to 5pm. Be sure to come join us in a celebration of this fantastic series of work!

Human Nature showcases Christina Hunt Wood’s latest assemblages, where the multimedia artist merges photographs, deconstructed “road soda” cans, and other found objects. In this new body of work, which was developed during her time as a Creatives Rebuild New York Fellow, Wood embraces sculptural motifs as the cornerstone of her pieces. Her work invites viewers to consider the often-tumultuous connection shared between humanity and the natural world to which they belong.

Christina Hunt Wood (she/her) is an African American multimedia artist working primarily in assemblage, photography, and video. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Northeast with notable exhibitions at Bushel Collective, Wassaic Project, Davis Gallery at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Collar Works, and The Painting Center .

Christina is a recent alumnus of the Wassaic Project Winter Residency and is a 2022-23 Creatives Rebuild New York Fellow in collaboration with the Roxbury Arts Group. In 2021, she received a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant and in 2019, and was named a “Steward of the Catskills” by the Catskill Center. Christina earned her MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art+Design and her BA in Studio Art from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. 

Of her work, Christina Hunt Wood states: “As a Black multimedia artist hailing from a predominantly white, rural Northeastern community, I am interested in the intricate dynamics of race and power over place within my region. Through my artistic practice, I attempt to shed light on the ways in which the status quo is upheld through symbolic representation, actions, and the absence of action. My work serves as a deliberate exploration of the underlying motivations behind regressive ideas of exclusion and environmental degradation and how these ideas are expressed.  

Utilizing photography, and assemblage, I bring attention to the prevalence of discarded “road soda” litter—empty alcoholic beverage containers found along the backroads in my region. These objects serve as powerful metaphors, representing various forms of microaggressions tied to both the environment and race. I document and archive these discarded objects while also collecting and transforming them into new and visually captivating forms. By presenting the litter as an archive of sorts, I aim to underscore the collective impact of these objects as a phenomenon rooted in aggression and dominance, despite their seemingly insignificant individual presence.”

For more information about these works, watch Christina’s video with PBS!

Visit the Mountain Eagle website to read their article about this show!

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