Headlands Center for the Arts

Christine Wang

california | visual
Affiliate Program 2019—2020

Artist Statement

My paintings combine photorealistic images and mannered texts. The text is oftentimes humorous and sardonic, commenting on current events, pop culture, sexual desire, commodity fetishism, and cognitive dissonance. I am inspired by my own feelings of guilt, greed, and shame. These negative emotions point to ideological paradigms that I have inherited, internalized, or reflect. I make the values of society visible by underscoring my own embarrassing thoughts.

My paintings point to an ambivalent relationship between the subject and the ideological conditions that produce the subject. The “I” in my paintings is confused and abject, slipping between a desiring subject and a sexual object, between a political subject and cog in the capitalist machine. Is the voice of the “I” the voice of the artist, the viewer, the painting, or the celebrity? The ambiguity of my paintings points to a world where subjective desires are produced by racist and capitalist structures.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands I will prepare for my solo show in December 2019 at Night Gallery in Los Angeles. I will make work in a peaceful and beautiful natural environment. I plan on exploring new art-making techniques like airbrush painting and pottery. This space—separate from my home studio—will allow me to use oil paints. In addition to these tangible benefits, I will connect to Bay Area artists and the community at Headlands. Having moved to the Bay Area less than three years ago, I am seeking to extend my artistic network.

Selected Works

Personal Website

http://www.christinetienwang.com