Artist Statement: In some ways, the digital age has empowered women’s voices; in other ways, it has silenced them. For every #metoo movement, there is an army of trolls producing online content under hashtags like #theredpill and #mensrights. Exploring feminine power and energy is integral to all that I create as an artist, both online and offline. I feel that energy and power everywhere in nature, which is one of the reasons why I am drawn to flora and fauna imagery in my work. Just as the digital age has failed to truly empower women, it has failed to solve our environmental challenges. A culture of technology obsolescence and a culture of disposability go hand in hand. We must foster a culture that allows women and non-binary people, as well as nature, to thrive. We must also recognize that manifestations of womanhood, femininity, and environmental action are multilayered.
Artist Bio: Christine Stoddard is an artist whose work has appeared in special programs at the New York Transit Museum, the Queens Museum, the Poe Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, FiveMyles Gallery, and beyond. She also is the author of Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing), among other titles, and the founder of Quail Bell Magazine. In the summer of 2018, Stoddard will be a visiting artist at Laberinto Projects in El Salvador and the Woodstock Art Museum in Woodstock, New York. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art from The City College of New York (CUNY).