Christine Schiavo

Artist’s Statement

My work deals with the loss of time and memory, and the attempt to retrieve it through making art.

The NYC subway is a timeless, random universe where countless strangers move in un-choreographed patterns through precariously defined spaces. Infinite combinations of sight, sound, light, shadow, movement and interaction occur as we travel through these subterranean and elevated spaces. Glimpses of familiar strangers and fleeting narratives emerge, evolve and disappear like ghosts, only to be repeated slightly differently, over and over again, like a film loop of vague memories imprinted on our subconscious.

THE PASSENGER, a series of single exposure, unaltered cell phone images of the NYC subway system, conveys the gritty, lyrical and strange experience of subway transit, using a medium that now seems crucial to both our existence and survival in this particular realm.

Note: all images are iphoneography. Untitled. No dimensions. 2015.

Christine Schiavo is a NYC born and based artist working in photography, film, sound and multi-media installation. She is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA NY, and shows her work internationally.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.