Christina Maile is a printmaker, painter, and landscape architect. Formerly a playwright she –co-founded the Westbeth Playwrights Feminist Collective, one of the first feminist theater groups in the USA,. Her landscape architectural work has appeared in Garden Design Magazine, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.
In 2013 she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Joan Mitchell Studio Grant for painting and printmaking. In 2017 she was a co-winner of the Miriam Chaikin Foundation Writing Award.
Her work was included in the juried International Print Center of NY Annual Show in 2016, and has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum, NY, the Monmouth Art Musuem in NJ, as well as Prince St Gallery, Rogue Gallery in NYC, DIAA in Deer Isle Maine. She is in many private collections including Vin Diesel, and has been included in the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art Database at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY.
My printmaking emerges from my career as a landscape architect, and my years as a feminist playwright and theater producer. While writing and design allows me to experiment in different ways with the dynamics of gender, identity, and nature , it is through printmaking that I have found a way to examine in solitude, these ideas within a specific cultural context.
As an artist of West Indian and Dayak heritage, some of my work explores the complex iconography of the colonizing narrative especially its photographic imagery of women and children. Juxtaposing these images with artifacts of power, patriarchy, racism, and ignorance has become a way for me to both pictorially subvert the original message, and to externalize the responsibility of the artistic gaze.
And that responsibility has grown: to look at what is being seen. To be impious of my own experience. To use the grammar of provocation, metaphor, and archetype in order to find resonance with those who are unheard, and give representation to the marginalized and the suppressed, whoever they are, wherever they exist.