Christy Speakman

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Cosmic Territory, 2009. Cibachrome Print. 40" x 96"
Cosmic Territory, 2009. (Detail) Cibachrome Print. 40" x 96"
Cosmic Territory, 2009. (Detail) Cibachrome Print. 40" x 96"
Full Service Island, 2009. Installation View at Chelsea Carwash, NY. Digital Video in collaboration with Beth Dary, 56" x 110"
Oil with Bread, South Bronx. Video Still from Full Service Island, 2009. Running time: 18 minutes
Artist's Statement

My work utilizes photography and video as a means to preserve found ephemera and explore notions of representation in the landscape. I use the camera to compose a personalized language of abstract forms found in nature, pointing at connections between globalization, land loss and technology. Satellite weather mapping, astrophotography and Google Earth have notably influenced my views. Cosmic Territory is an extension of a body of work I began after Hurricane Katrina. I find and document motor oil stains dripped from parked cars and vehicles in transit, using the length of my body to measure microscopic galaxies of oil, water, tar and dust. Full Service Island is a video of rapidly dissolving oil stains projected onto the walls of an auto service station. As the Hubble telescope explores the outer limits of the Universe, I challenge known perceptions by observing intimate worlds.


B. 1979 in New Orleans. Christy Speakman lives in the South Bronx and works in NYC. She was a participant in the 29th edition of the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Speakman has received artist residencies at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (2010), Platte Clove Center for Landscape Conservation (2009), A Studio in the Woods (2007), Santa Fe Art Institute (2006), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2006). Selected exhibition venues include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY (2009), Art in Odd Places SIGN, NY (2009), Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA (2009), Chashama Gallery, NY (2008), Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan (2008), Bronx River Art Center, NY (2006), and Solar de Marquesa de Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2003). Speakman earned an MFA in Photography (2005) from Ohio University and a BA in Fine Arts (2002) from the University of New Orleans.