Christy Powers
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
255 18th Street
Studio # 5


Artist Bio:
Christy Powers is a New York based artist. She received a BA at Sarah Lawrence College and then went on to earn an MA with distinction from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2007. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Bronx Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Queen Victoria Museum, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, White Box, The Safari Gallery, GPG Auvergne, Greenpoint Gallery, Here Art, A*Space, Kudos Gallery and many others. She has been featured as a "one to watch" artist on She has also participated in residencies at ILIRI in the Australian Outback as well as the AIM program at the Bronx Museum.

Artist Statement:
My work investigates two concepts, one being the role that photography plays in memory and the second being the relationship between painting and photography. By painting images from photographs of my own life--as well as the lives of friends, family and strangers--I create memories that exist in a space between reality and fiction. I remove details, change the colors within the image and blur and distort the figures so that the viewer can project their own memory and images onto the piece.

I enjoy capturing this ephemeral and impermanent moment in my paintings. I depict the 'just-out-of-reach' feeling in memory where some details remain sharp yet others blur and disappear.

I choose to work on yupo and claybord since their smooth and synthetic nature replicates the feel of photographic paper. I create each piece initially by projecting the photograph onto the panel and then proceed to trace an outline of the image. From there, I remove the image and paint with a mix of ink, watercolor, gouache and acrylic, from memory to recreate the feeling that drew me to the photograph in the first place.

All images and text copyright Christy Powers