Christine Sullivan is an artist and designer living in Santa Fe, NM. Her design practice, cstudiodesign.com, specialized in arts/culture and included clients like Museum of Indian Arts + Culture in Santa Fe, and Guggenheim Museum in NYC. She also taught portfolio design at The City College of New York.
Sullivan moved to Santa Fe in 2019 to focus on her interdisciplinary art practice. Here, she encompasses assemblage, silkscreen, acrylic and fiber in her work. Her most distinctive material is felt, with which she attempts to create a visual language that challenges and engages viewers through letters and symbols.
Her artworks often employ nails and ceremonial ornamentation like tassels and fringe, combined with felt in “holy” or “royal” colors to embody symbols and iconography of church, clubs, sports teams, national flags, etc. In doing so, she hopes to turn religious, political and commercial icons and slogans on their head.
In addition, Sullivan uses wool felt to replace paper and canvas for screen printing. Sometimes that foundation gets further processed with additional felt shapes and printed material.
Her felt abstract geometric works draw inspiration from her earlier geometric hard-edge paintings, allowing an interplay between past and present; hard and soft — adding depth and layers, resulting in visually captivating and conceptually rich pieces.
In the fall of 2022, Sullivan’s work, “Choice” was exhibited in Soul of a Nation, a Save Art Space billboard project, in Albuquerque. Earlier that year, she realized a Santa Fe Railyard art installation, “Hope Dies Last”, as a tribute to Studs Terkel, the renowned author, oral historian and champion of social justice.
During 2020-21, Sullivan received a grant from the City of Santa Fe to realize a social practice project, “Felt During COVID” which encouraged the community to create artwork, giving voice to their experience. The artwork was exhibited at the Public Library gallery and a virtual reception and auction to benefit the Navajo Nation COVID Response Fund followed.
Also in 2020, her work, “Flowers Grow Out of Dark Moments—Corita Kent” was exhibited as an enlarged billboard outside SITE Santa Fe as part of the museum’s 2020 Silver Linings project.