The 2021 Evanston + Vicinity Biennial is one of the Midwest’s largest and most prestigious juried exhibitions, offering artists an opportunity to have their work viewed by three talented curators: Alpha M. Bruton (Artist, Art Consultant & Curator, Phantom Gallery Chicago Network); Dan Devening (Gallery Director of Devening Projects and Adjunct Professor, Department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago); and Kate Pollasch (Gallery Director of Corbett vs. Dempsey).
Amongst the artists chosen to be part of this exhibition is Christine Forni, a BFA Fine Arts class of ’17 alumna, with her artwork “Migration Imprint (Fig. 14a).”
Talking about her artwork, Christine Forni explained that:
“The series of porcelain botanical photograms reference displacement of memory and place. They are imprints through a migration of light bending around and through forms of loss and metamorphosis. This visual metaphor reflects nuanced political landscapes of human fragility. Through an alternative photographic process and painting, these pieces are poetic reflections leaving traces of light on paper like a faded memory and an echo of what once existed.”
Christine Forni started this series of porcelain botanical photograms while she was still at PCA. Instead of bringing back home suitcases packed with clothes, she chose to pack hundreds of individually wrapped porcelain botanicals she made during her time at PCA. Some of her artworks are still displayed in her studio today, whilst others were sold.
The exhibition is held at the Evanston Art Center, Illinois, from January 16th to February 14th, 2021.