The Volcano lover, Christina Labey at Villa R

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New York based Christina Labey is an artist whose practice combines photography, printmaking, and publishing. In 2010, she founded Conveyor Arts with Jason Burstein, a print and production house for small edition artist books. She is currently the publications director for Conveyor Editions, she oversees an imprint that commissions the production of several new artist projects each year.

In her practice, she often gathers images, volcanic rocks, natural pigments, to create artworks that speak to the human interaction with the landscape. Furthermore Christina is interested in documenting change in the landscape to bring to light the ever-changing nature of the Earth, and highlight its importance on a longer scale timeline, just as the geological lines stretch back millions of years, we should hope that they will continue forward.

Labey_Christina_AIR Works_02Labey_Christina_AIR Works_04Christina believes that it is crucial for her practice and the completion of her projects to immerse herself in the landscape. The landscapes, gardens, and antiquities, in addition to the volcanic landscapes (Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli, etc), have always been a huge influence on her work.

During her stay at Villa R, Christina is working on an artist book titled “Among the Crystal Fires” (set to launch at the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in New York in September 2016). The project is an exploration of natural phenomena, that observes the delicate balance between our tangible everyday existence and the ever-evolving Earth. It addresses change in the landscape, conservation of the planet, highlights the importance of immersing oneself in nature, and the sublime, intangible experiences that result…

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During her stay at Villa R, Christina is working on a final edit of images for the publication. For this project, the artist is studying the Sicilian landscape (as well as visiting Mount Etna to further her artistic research on volcanic landscapes)…

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…doing experiments with Cyanotype and Sicilian Flora. This flower is Queen Anne’s Lace, found both on the hillside of Vesuvius, Stromboli, Etna, as well as in the Garden at Villa R…

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…Christina is also working on an artistic video/interview on her residency research. Coming soon!
Follow Christina’s residency updates! To see more connect to:

Artist Website:  concretemoon.com

Writing Samples: www.concretemoon.com/words

Blog & Inspiration: christinalabey.tumblr.com

Professional Work (Publishing)  conveyoreditions.com

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