Christina McPhee

Currently based

Christina McPhee’s images move within a matrix of abstraction, shadowing figures and contingent effects. Her work emulates potential forms of life, in various systems and territories, and in real and imagined ecologies. Her dynamic, performative, physical engagement with drawing, in both her analogue and digital works, is a seduction into surface-skidding calligraphic gestures and mark-making. The tactics of living are in subterfuge, like the dazzle ships of camouflage in war. Lines throw down rope-like bridges, cat’s-cradling figures, or a search for grounding and commons. Cached and clustered, fragments take exception to systems. Color sparks disruptions of scale that reveal allusions to biochemical contraventions, migration, grammars, and marine stress. Her work takes on violence, tragi-comic exuberance, and vitality from within a ‘post-natural’ experience of community. (Christina McPhee, 2016,


2016 Performance Climates, Performance Studies International, Melbourne
2015 American Geography Association Annual Meeting, presentation, Chicago (independent scholar -interdisciplinary award)
2009 Intermedia Arts at Columbia College, Chicago (workshop and lecture, honorarium)
2009 School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (honorarium)
2006-7 Documenta 12 Magazine Project (participating editor), Cairo and Kassel
2007 Split Festival of New Media and Film (travel and exhibition award)
2006 GPS-Expo at Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah
2005 HUMlab, University of Umeå, Sweden (travel and stipend award)
2005 Experimental Television Center, Newark Valley (NY) (supported residency)
2003 iRes, University College Falmouth, Cornwall 2004 (supported residency)
2000 Lois Langland Alumna-in-Residence, Scripps College, Claremont (supported residency)


MFA, painting, Boston University School for the Arts, 1979,
Student of Philip Guston

BFA, painting and printmaking, Kansas City Art Institute, 1976, valedictorian
University of Nebraska, Centennial College Independent major, studies in art history, philosophy, literature, and drawing

Scripps College, Claremont, California, Humanities core curriculum, studies in art history, philosophy, literature, and printmaking

(Christina McPhee, 2016,
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