1. Who are you and what do you do?
Christine Cassano – I am a woman dedicated to making visual art. Through art, I use a wide range of materials to create mixed media sculptures, installations, and assemblage pieces. I also work freelance graphic design and design/fabricate various commissioned projects. I guess that makes me a maker.
2. How did you get your start?
Inherently, it’s just how I’ve always understood the world around me since as far back as I can remember. I’ve been drawing how I see and interpret my inside world since the age of two. The technical skills have always been intuitive. Intense studio time during college enabled me to develop and explore ideas and materials in order to create visual dialogues with the work. Since then, there’s just been this compulsion to continue to grow and push beyond comfort zones.
3. What inspires you?
Exploring contrasting relationships. I get inspiration from learning how oppositions can exist together. I get ideas from learning how they don’t fit together. And I like all exploring all the possibilities in between.
4. What do you like about AZ?
I enjoy the landscape and it’s inhabitants. Living in Arizona is such a contrast from growing up on the beaches of Virginia and North Carolina. I also enjoy meeting so many people from so many different locations. Each person who moves to Arizona has a story that comes with them. I find those to be interesting stories.
5. Where can we see you(r) work?
Currently, my work can be seen in Materialize at the Shemer Art Center. I also have pieces in the Juried Biennial exhibit at the Tempe Center for the Arts that runs through January 2015. In November, I exhibit be in a group exhibit at the Rancho Linda Vista Gallery in Oracle, AZ. All the details are on my website.
6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?
My father died young, but he died doing what he loved. From that, I’ve learned a lot. I’m good with just the next breath.
7. What is your mantra?
I am not bipolar, …but my life is.