Artwork by Mia Christopher

Mia is a multi-disciplinary artist and student from San Francisco, she’s going to receive her BFA from California College of the Arts in May 2012. She makes paintings, drawings, etchings, collage, cut-outs, videos, photographs, hard and soft objects, embroideries, books, and whatever else she can get her hands on. We discoverd Mia trough her simple, colorful and quirky paper works. She took part in some amazing group exhibitions over the past two and a half years, and she’s been able to collaborate with other artists on drawings, zines and illustrations. On January 14th at Empire Seven Studios in San Jose (CA) opened Personal Made Space, a group exhibition featuring Mia’s works and don’t forget her senior BFA Exhibition, at Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries in San Francisco, starting on March 13th 2012. In the meantime, peek into her world!

Artwork by Mia Christopher

Could you please tell us about your background?
I was raised in Northern California for most of my childhood and moved to Chicago, Illinois when I was 14. After high school I started art school with a focus in photography at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago but only lasted just over a year before realizing that I needed to be back on the West Coast and a visit back home turned into my moving back and eventually transferring to California College of The Arts to get my BFA in Painting and drawing, which I am completing in May 2012.

How would you describe your works to someone who doesn’t know you?
When somebody who doesn’t know me asks about my work, my answer is generally something about color, shapes, space, abstraction, mark-making, line, balance and relationships. I could ramble about my work for a while, but I’d rather hear what an observer might see than to just lay it all out. Or I am more interested in how the stranger would describe the works to me rather than vice-versa. Simply put, “I make paintings and drawings, mostly on paper. I make a lot of other things too.”

Artwork by Mia Christopher

Artwork by Mia Christopher

Is there any relationship between your art and the place where you live?
Definitely. I am completely inspired by San Francisco and I think that my ever-changing relationship to this city and surrounding areas has a way of informing my work that is very inherent. From the colors of houses to the shifts in perspective from one block to the next, to the microclimates, I love almost all things about living in the Bay Area. Of course, we have a rich history of art making here and it is a place that I think attracts people who enjoy creating, and all of this history lives in work that is made here.

When did you start earning your living from painting?
I hope that this happens someday- I still have to do other things besides paintings to earn a living right now.

What’s the latest project you have been working on?
I’m working on some personal commissions for different homes, as well as a body of new work (mostly paintings on paper) for a group show at Empire Seven Studios in San Jose, California, in January 2012.

Is there a medium / technique that you haven’t tried yet that you’d like to experiment in the future?
So many! I’d love to explore animation more, especially stop motion. I have done a little, but I don’t have much patience for the computer side of it, I think that would be a great project to collaborate with another artist. I’d also like to explore sculpture and installation more and just bring more of my ideas to fruition. It’s hard to get every idea out. Recently I’ve been painting on chiffon, making paintings and scarves. I could see myself working in textile design in the future. One of my goals has always been to write and illustrate a children’s book as well.

Artwork by Mia Christopher

Mia Christopher

What is the neighborhood you live in like? Could you describe your house?
I live in San Francisco’s Mission District which is full of artists and beautiful houses and delicious food and many interesting things to look at. It is a wonderful place to live. My house is an old Victorian that has been converted to apartments. I live on the upper floor in a cozy studio with my two cats, Bruno and Eloise. My room is filled with books and art materials. The colors are mostly white, pink, light brown and yellow.

Future plans?
Making work makes me happy, and I would like to be happy, so I’d like to continue making work. It’s impossible to do everything that you want to do, but you do what you can. Eventually I’d like to get my MFA but that is a ways away. After I graduate in the spring I plan on spending as much time in the studio as possible, making work and pushing myself in new directions. Currently I work from home but am looking to possibly get an external space which would be a nice change that would allow me to work in new ways.

Who is the woman you’d like to see featured/ interviewed here?
Leah Rosenberg.

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