Bio/CV

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.