Christiansen, Thumb, Under, My, 2018, Gouache, Ink, and Acrylic on Paper

The Difference Between Looking Down and Looking Up

Diane Christiansen

Feb. 13-March 15, 2019

Diane Christiansen's prolific art practice includes painting, drawing, animation and installation. Each of her mediums informs the other resulting in a conversation that is accessible yet complex. While the viewer is left to fill the dialogue of these conversations, one might imagine the characters conversing to be a combination of a Paleolithic cave painter, Hel (the Norse goddess of the underworld), Nancy Spero, and a Navajo shaman.  Christiansen mediates this conversation fluidly resulting in a powerful, yet peaceful, visual experience. 

Christiansen's educational background includes a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. Her work has been extensively shown throughout the United States and in Europe.  She is represented by Rule Gallery in Denver, Colo.  

For more information about Christiansen and her work visit her website.  

Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m.

Reception: Friday, March 8, 6-9 p.m.

All events take place in the gallery and are free and open to the public. Please direct all inquiries to Heather Weber, Director/Curator, at h-weber@neiu.edu.