Christina Nafziger

I am a Chicago-based freelance writer specializing in the visual arts. Recently earning my Masters in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths University of London, I currently write for local and international publications.

Create! Magazine

Bodily Experiences: Interview with Sara Anstis

Although much of your work is rendered in graphite charcoal, your more recent work has adopted the use of color as well as elements of further abstraction. Tell us about this development. What inspired you to diverge in style as well as palette? I change the medium I work with to fit the subject of my work. Right now, I am looking at male bodies performing survival tasks in the contested location of “wilderness” and trying to figure out my attraction to survivalism reality television shows.
ArtMaze Magazine

Meet Benjamin Sutton – art critic, journalist, and independent curator

Meet Spring Issue 7 guest curator Benjamin Sutton who, along with curating exhibitions in various galleries around NYC and his current Brooklyn neighborhood, works as the news editor for the online art and culture publication Hyperallergic. Having written for a variety of publications over the years, including artnet News and Brooklyn Magazine, Sutton has delved deep into each weird and wonderful corner of the art world.
THE SEEN | Chicago's International Online Journal

EXPANDING NARRATIVES: THE FIGURE AND THE GROUND // SMART MUSEUM OF ART

In this intimate review of Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground at the Smart Museum of Art, we will walk as ‘figure’ throughout the exhibition, ‘ground,’ exploring these two terms in not only the most literal sense—meaning through portraits and landscapes—but also through their evolution conceptually. In the first two sections entitled, “The Figure” and “The Ground” the two terms are visible in their most traditional and recognizable form.
Sixty Inches From Center

‘Body As Image’ Exhibition at Chicago Artists Coalition

The ‘Body As Image’ exhibition featuring the work of Kioto Aoki, Colleen Keihm, and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell creates a space in which black identity and body politics are simultaneously explored within a historical context through the literal lens of photography, while also repositioning itself outside of these narratives by using alternative modes of image-making such as cyanotypes and photograms.
Sixty Inches From Center

Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism by Nicole Garneau

Artist and activist Nicole Garneau’s new book Performing Revolutionary: Art, Action, Activism takes you on an intimate journey through her project UPRISING, a series of performances that took place once a month for five years. Defining her UPRISINGs as “public demonstration of revolutionary practices,” these performances, protests, celebrations envelop around efforts of connection, community, and care in a way that is reflected in the writings in this book.
ArtMaze Magazine

Exorcizing of Useless or Harmful Thoughts with Paul Gagner

The satirical paintings of Paul Gagner conjure up the humorous and bizarre nature of the life of an artist. His work includes text like “How to impress and baffle people with artspeak” and “How to do everything and nothing all day. Tomorrow” that is both hilarious and somehow undeniably relatable. The artist’s paintings, which look similar to self-help book covers, poke fun at the seriousness of art and lighten the mood of pretentiousness that can often be found in the art world.
Sixty Inches From Center

Review: “Woman With A Camera” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The single room that held the exhibition provided a perfect amount of breathing room while allowing the viewer to become immersed in the photographs, both as a collection and as individual pieces. The works were shown in a non-linear, almost salon-style display, which created an interesting chance for the viewer’s perspective of each piece to be confronted with alternative pairings as well as provocative overlap and connections between the works.
Sixty Inches From Center

Adrienne Ciskey: Invisible Illnesses and the Power of Play

If you suffer with a chronic illness, specifically one that others cannot see, the anxiety of  whether or not others take your pain seriously, on top of the endless physical battle with your own body, is very real. There is a hierarchy of illness in our culture based on assumptions of “seriousness” that is rarely acknowledged or discussed. A social judgment of validity is made about an illness, and if you are a woman suffering from an illness that is not only invisible but also widely unknown th
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Jen Mann: “I find relationships the most fascinating, and the relationship you have with yourself…”

Jen Mann’s work takes that all too familiar feeling of what lies on the other side of our computer screens in the form of likes and emojis and presses it into paint. Sometimes her artwork quite literally features this now permanently ingrained, social media iconography, such as a ‘winky face’, lighting up a subject’s features, while other compositions simply just embody that impending feeling of isolation you get when communicating mostly through Instagram. Her work poignantly brings to surface
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The Other Art Fair, Event Review (London, 2017)

This past weekend had all kinds of talented artists at The Other Art Fair showing photography, painting, fibre art, drawing, installation art, and even interactive sculpture. As soon as you walk into the space, you are met with welcoming artists who are ready to discuss their work. Unlike most other art fairs, the exhibiting artists are there for you to meet, providing a great opportunity to find out the story behind the artwork.