by Laura Hutson
But I really like making studio visits and seeing an artist's work space, so we compromised — I met her at a FedEx/Kinkos where Christine does a majority of her work. It turned out to be the perfect extension of her practice, which is exactly what I look for in these studio visit posts.
Christine wore a blue dress that she chose because it was the exact color of the walls — Kinkos Blue, she called it. She brought along a collection of the books she's been using for inspiration for her next project, a study of the segment of Indian tourism that's based on Swiss tourism, and a group of villages that each call themselves "The Switzerland of India." That artificiality or doubling of reality makes so much more sense in a FedEx/Kinkos than anywhere else. That might sound hyperbolic, but I don't think it is — things like photographs of nature and books about building one's self-esteem all amass these giant quotation marks around them inside of Kinkos' artificial environment. It's a great way to understand how Christine's earnestness comes out of a lifetime spent amidst sarcasm and irony — so much so that even irony is understood to be ironic. This is post-irony.
See what kind of an art studio an office supply store can be after the jump.