Christine Rabenold is a Chicago-based artist and an Associate Professor of Art at North Central College, where she is currently serving as the Chair of Art and Design and Student Gallery coordinator. She teaches a variety of courses in ceramics, sculpture, three-dimensional design and advanced studies. Christine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Tyler School of Art/Temple University and a Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.
My artwork tends to comment on, if not interrogate, aspects of memory, identity, class, and environmental issues. How we remember, what we choose to remember, what we choose to forget, how authentic these memories are, and how memory connects to one’s topographical environment are important questions in my work.
A common practice is the connection of memory to objects and the use of the casting process. One interesting idea about the replication of objects through the casting process is the displacement of the real object and its simulacra. The casting process enables the memory of the original object to carry through, but simultaneously competes with the original object’s authenticity and authorship. As an object maker, I am captivated by the notion of objects alluding to memories and the participatory dialogue that can evolve with the viewers.