Christine Sullivan is a Santa Fe artist and graphic designer originally from NYC. Her design practice specializes in arts/community projects. Her clients include Guggenheim Museum, The New Press and others. She also taught portfolio design at City College, New York.
Sullivan’s mixed media artworks play with messaging and imagery found in newspapers, advertising, protest posters, and yes, even church banners. She works with felt banners or uses other material (like newspaper) as a sort of “banner” background, incorporating preachy and absurd messaging in felt letters.
There can be a thin line between truth and deception and Sullivan likes to joke that she’s an expert on this since she went to parochial school as a child and worked in advertising as an adult. As a result she’s fascinated with the hidden propaganda in our daily lives and her work encourages the viewer to ask questions about the mores they readily follow in religion, work and community.
Sullivan recently connected with the community of Santa Fe when she realized her social practice project, “Felt During COVID.” She encouraged artists and everyday people to create felt banners, giving voice to their experiences of life during COVID, and ultimately making a lasting snapshot of this unusual time. The collection was exhibited at the Santa Fe Public Library gallery. A virtual reception and auction to benefit the Navajo Nation COVID Response Fund followed.
Sullivan is also a SITE Santa Fe “Silver Linings” finalist. “Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments —Corita Kent”, a mixed media work, was exhibited as an enlarged, billboard outside the museum.