Chattanooga, TN | Painting, Drawing
Christina Renfer Vogel earned a MFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2005 and a BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in 2003. She joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, where she serves as assistant professor of painting and drawing. Prior to UTC, Christina taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and worked in development at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She has exhibited nationally and has attended artist residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Christina is a recipient of awards including a 2014-15 UTC Research and Creativity Activity Grant, a Nebraska Arts Council Independent Artist Fellowship, and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
In my recent body of work, I stand on the edge, observing interactions. I seek to identify quiet moments from within larger, more complex situations, focusing on chance meetings in groupings and gatherings, and searching for interaction or disconnection.
These placeless figures are suspended in fields of color that serve as psychological spaces. It takes on a presence that is unsettling or cloying or comforting. It presses against them and threatens to swallow them.
There is a directness to this work, and yet, the fragmentary nature and moments left intentionally unresolved suggest a state of uncertainty and flux, inviting you to question the ambiguity of each exchange.
I aim to describe familiar situations that smolder with an underlying tension. These ordinary encounters describe the yearning, discomfort, and uncertainty that feel all too familiar. I hope to draw you in, but keep you at arm’s length.