Christina Read’s practice is an investigation of personal and unorthodox relationships between language and object, text and image. Rather than taking inspiration from critical discussions about contemporary art and theory, her art practice is sometimes indistinguishable from her unspectacular life. Read is interested in the everyday as a place for acting out the desultory humour of the ordinary. Themes central to her practice include the homemade and handmade; neuroses and anxieties; aspirations and self-delusions; melancholy and pathos.

Read works across a range of mediums including sculpture, 2-D fabric wall hangings, video screening and performances. Recent projects include: Sense and Non-sense: A Festival of Absurdism for Centrum Berlin and Other Possibilities for Enjoy Gallery, Wellington. In 2006 she won the National Drawing Award for her work I should have been a detective. Read immigrated to New Zealand in 2003. She has a BA in Fine Arts from Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury, England and a Masters of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts. She is based in Auckland and is a lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.


Circuit - Artist Film and Video, Aotearoa, New Zealand

Hamilton's National Contemporary Art Award: Review by Peter Dornauf 2013

Texting with Christina Read: Review on 'Other Possibilities' by Megan Dunn 2013

'The Usual' review by John Hurrel for eyecontact 2012

National Drawing Award, Artspace, Auckland, NewZealand

Interview, The Big Idea

Article 27, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

Article 27 - John Hurrell

The Psychologist's Bookshelf - John Hurrell

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