Artist Statement:

Artist Cristy Corso, (circa 1978, originally from Chicago IL )

My work, as an contemporary interdisciplinary artist, most often strives on the subjects & symbols I compose often digitally as a preliminary.   Their intent to use painting storytelling but have found some digital work to be art within itself.  I derived many of my subjects from American popular culture examining our past to current events to social issues we face.    This includes gender to racial injustice, often being a minority as a woman in my genres, to my Cherokee Native American of the Keetoowas band heritage, & also generationally close to my full blooded Northern & Venician Italian roots.   My intent is to aesthetically arrest viewers from recognizable subjects, from curious, bizarre, to bold surralistic abstractions of forms to subjects.   There is often a theatrical contrast & colors  in hopes to offer, especially our mass culture, to stop & think in a society moving at breakneck speeds of messages & information. 

Academic beginnings began in my teens when accepted for intensive summer studies at schools such as Parsons School of Design, NYC & Art Institute of Chicago.  This lead me to private study & showings with acclaimed painters including bronze sculptors such as Julie Rotblatt & Omri Amrany a their foundry -- best known for the Michael Jordan sculpture in front of the United Center, Chicago & Julie’s realism paintings that included athletes.  This has allowed me the privilege to work as an artist full time, receive awards, mentions & movement from distinguished exhibitions, collectors, high-profile, community to public events, & in press.

A lot of my personal work, including paintings, murals, designs, fabrications, to past series of digital photography & art often creates a film “set-like” environment, to even well received collaborations creating art objects, wears, & use of models making for whimsical to mythical mashup of “worlds,” from the studio to  live art experiences.    Today, I also use appropriation & modification of known contemporary artists for the purpose of educating from the history of art & contemporary artists of our day. 

My visual “storytelling” is also muched derived, often hidden in the symbols, figures, or the subjects, from my own heritage in a melting pot to not often common experiences in America.  This includes some pionering examples of women empowered  triumphs to the survival of extremes & tragedies.   This includes anything from as simple as completing extreme sports ahead of its time, working in talent from acting to modeling, entertainment in television, it’s influence, to my years at  IBM during the Y2K & Web Boom. 

On the flipside, I was later forced to shift my purpose of the arts & mediums as restorying my skill of painting & past mediums, allowing for mental restoration & healing.   This begain from the sudden loss of my father in my early twenties followed by a fatal car accident leaving me in a hospital in New York for almost two years from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Today, this has led me to an ongoing painting series of individuals most affected or in the public eye from TBI, PTSD, & mental illness struggles in general -- our military & American Athletes.