"I crush bouquets of flowers and houseplants through the etching press to document their organic form and record their rushed destruction. Calling to mind delicate Victorian pressed flowers as well as grotesque road kill, my attitude towards this method of creation is both tender and fierce. As both a viewer and creator of the images I produce, I am caught in a space between grief and hope with the loss of what is past and anticipation of what is yet to come."
Christi Birchfield, a native of Cleveland, Ohio was born on September 5th 1983. Christi attended the Cleveland Institute of Art where she received a degree in printmaking in 2006. She continued her studies at Columbia University where she received her MFA in visual art in 2010. The summer of 2010 she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Christi continues to live and work in Cleveland. She is a full-time Visiting Artist/Lecturer in the Foundation Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Christi's work is included in the permanent print and drawing collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Clinic Contemporary Art Collection. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, New Orleans, and Qijiang, China. Recent exhibitions include a two-person exhibition at Parse Gallery in New Orleans, as well as New Printmakers Make Their Mark at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey. In a recent review in Art Papers of her solo exhibition at William Busta Gallery, Douglas Max Utter wrote: "Birchfield's objects defy the limits of everyday perception and deliberately unsettle proportions…as a wry, messily celebratory rite of spring it did it's own thing with glad abandon, embracing the chaos that she corrals…"