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OPENING BID: $2,500
Christine Federighi 1949-2006
Christine worked in clay for over 30 years and her commitment was ever strong. Her work is a visual journey, registering events, experiences and small histories on the surface of the figure form. Every person has a projection on his/her physical body: psychological and spiritual. The ceramic pieces became exorcisms of this idea and evolved into their own personalities.
A professor of ceramics at the University of Miami for 32 years, her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. She was a five-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and received an NEA award.
1974 – MFA/Alfred University College of Ceramics; Alfred, New York
1972 – BFA/Cleveland Institute of Art; Cleveland, Ohio
1971 – Workshop, Pilchuck Glass Blowing Center; Stanwood, Washington
1967 – Summer Program, San Francisco Academy of Art; San Francisco, California
1974 – 2006 Professor of Art, Department of Art and Art History, University of Miami; Coral Gables, Florida
1983 – Five Week, Visiting Artist, Bezalel School of Art; Jerusalem, Israel
1981 – University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program; Cortona, Italy
1973 – 1974 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Alfred University; Alfred, New York
1973 – Summer Program, Cleveland Institute of Art; Cleveland, Ohio
“My patterns are images and symbols that have reference to places, situations or experiences in my life. I organize the shapes in a floating composition that wrap each figure form. They are somewhat enigmatic and visually poetic. The images might refer to mountain landscapes of the Western United States, where I spend my summers or the tropical foliage and leaf forms of my Florida residence. Other symbols such as the spiral (infinity form), furrowed water forms, house shapes and stair sections have been introduced and used to continue the personal narrative and journal. They also become part of the moving composition that wraps each figure. It is a man and nature or man and experience reference.
American Indian Art and Tribal Art of all cultures has always held my interest. I appreciate these artists’s skills with material, their connection to nature and the spiritual, their sense of design and narrative. I also enjoy the work of contemporary artists whose work seems to reflect tribal influences.”
Was a Resident of Coral Gables, FL and Steamboat Springs, CO – who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had already metatasized to the bone in 1994, passed away November 18, 2006 after a 12-year battle with the disease. She was surrounded by people she loved. She was 57. Daughter of the late Egidio “Fred” and Gudrid Federighi, she was of Italian and Norwegian descent. She grew up in San Mateo. A professor of ceramics at the University of Miami for 32 years, her work has been widely exhibited in South Florida and nationally. Christine received her BFA in 1972 from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her master of fine arts in 1974 from Alfred University, she also taught in Italy and Israel, and conducted workshops in Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico and Maine. She was a five-time recipient of the Florida Individual Artists Grant. She won a 1988-89 artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Most recently a recipient of the Cooper Fellow. Of local note, a sculpture of Christine’s is located at the HIP senior housing project in San Mateo. Christine was a creator of one of the four winning sculptures in 2000 for the Millennium Site Specific Sculpture Competition, a piece entitled, “For Public Art’s Sake”. A lot of Christine’s work reflected her travels to the Southwest and was inspired by American Indian and tribal art. “In many ways, sculpture is a journey,” she once told an interviewer. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Christine sculpted a softball-sized, sphere-shaped “good cell” every day as a meditation to help her heal. She carved the cells with personal symbols and gave them to her doctors, nurses, family and friends after she first beat the cancer and left the hospital. Christine’s trademark human narrative brings all her personal visions together – the Florida plant life, houses, stairs, the Colorado landscape, and water. She had a gift for transforming clay into powerful ceramic sculptures: whimsical folks animals, life-size human figures and environmental installations. Playing monopoly as a child led her to choose its simplistic shape for the house, one of her main symbols. “The house is a feminine symbol, and I am a homebody,” Christine realized while building her Steamboat Springs home that she had three places she called home. “California was my birthplace, the Southwest is my spirit home, and Florida’s my residence.” Her devoted “clay” family of students, as well as colleagues and contemporaries, were inspired by her talent, kindness, vision and her strength. She was a mentor to many and leaves a legacy of both her work and her students. She is also a source of strength and inspiration to fellow cancer survivors.