Portraits of my life as a Bird

Photography: Manuel Vázquez

Portraits of my life as a Bird

‘Portraits of my life as a Bird’ was my first solo show in London, combining both drawings and collage with my recent explorations into sculpture.

Wonderfully absurd reflections of the world define the work of Spanish artist Cristina Guitian. With a keen interest in the power of scale, she works at the extremes – from small drawings to massive mural-installations. Her work has been exhibited in London, Tokyo, New York, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

‘Portraits of My Life as a Bird’ explores the nature and aesthetics of the hybrid. Throughout history, mythical hybrids such as the chimera were used to describe fantastic yet vulnerable power. Courtesy of rapid advances in genetic manipulation, humanity is now on the verge of holding such power. Liberated from biology and ethical oversight, ‘Portraits of My Life as a Bird’ is a playful imagining of this genetically mutated future.

Building on a rich body of illustration, Cristina has recently expanded into sculpture. Alarmed by our disposable culture, she began rescuing dumped pieces of furniture from the street. Inspired by the craftsmanship of a by-gone era, Cristina gave these found objects a simple choice:
be reborn as part of her evolutionary experiment, or be annihilated by progress. With a willing collection of subjects, she thus set to work creating this explosive homage to the power of diversity.

Text – Zoltan Csaki