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“Testing the waters, way of the sky” by Christina Tedesco: framed triptych painting. Two or more figures walking around/sitting on a dock. Then one or two of the figures fall though into, what looks to be the sky Or water. The figure on the top dock tries to help the other figures back up. Bright blue and tan color scheme.

“Testing the waters, way of the sky”

Artist: Christina Tedesco, Somerville

Description: 30” x 36” framed triptych painting. Two or more figures walking around/sitting on a dock. Then one or two of the figures fall though into, what looks to be the sky. Or is it water? The figure on the top dock try to help the other figures back up.

Artist Statement: My work deals with the contrast between balance and imbalance, control and the lack there of. Specifically, I explore the movement of the human body through space and time. My interest in the nature of the human form comes from living with cerebral palsy – a physical disability. Over the years I have developed two figures that have allowed me to show how I see my body. The two figures often look like an adult helping a child or two friends. One figure acts as my cerebral palsy, the other figure as my personality. The figures can stand alone or become one. My work tells a story, with many small moments making up a larger whole. My figures have no face, when most people look at someone with a disability you do not see the face or the Sex. Most people just see the disability. This piece is a tripchy. When I was making this piece, I was thinking about the psychological side of my cerebral palsy – a physical disability. There is a psychological barrier that we all have but for me it is the contrast of having a disability and having to go out in to the world and acting like I don’t. I have to put on my “I am ok with my cerebral palsy” face to get others to look at me for who I am. Sometimes acting like I don’t have a disability gets to be too much for me. I fall into that “I can’t do anything space” and the idea that I have a disability takes over. I have to pick myself back up and force myself out of that way of thinking, breaking preconceived barriers along the way.

About the Artist: Christina Tedesco grew up in New Jersey. Christina’s Family has said, “Yes, Christina has Cerebral Palsy and Dyslexia. So.?” She move to New England for college. She has an Associate degree in Art form Landmark College as well as a Master of Fine Arts / Museum Studies Certificate from Tufts University in affiliation with The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Boston that is now Lesley College of Art & Design. Tedesco has been awarded the Somerville Arts Council Grant for the Switchbox Project 2015 and also the Somerville Artist certification 2016. Her studio is at the Mad Oyster Studios, Somerville, MA. Christina’s “day job” is working at The Harvard Art Museums. She also worked at The Institute of Contemporary Art educating people about art and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Christina’s real passion is in teaching. Tedesco has been a guest speaker in the Brookline Schools. She works with students and talks with them about living with a disability and making art. Tedesco is also a board member of Somerville Open Studios. See more at Christinamtedesco.com

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