"LOVEisMyARMOR" STOP LISTEN LOVE ACTION
Christiana spent the first five years of her childhood growing up in dozens of children and foster homes and eventually she was adopted at the age of five. Christiana was very fortunate to be raised in Orange County , mainly Laguna Beach , California. Her parents noticed and nurtured her artistic ability immediately. After obtaining a BFA at California State Long Beach, Christiana took off to New York City by herself, with her own money at the age of 23 until mid 2004. While in New York, she dove deep into the art world, attended The School of Visual Arts and had several shows in New York City and Boston by the age of 25. Christiana strongly believes her childhood displacement and struggles sent her on a spiritual quest for her entire life to learn how to survive on her own in order to help others heal as well through the process of art and love.
As a strong Humanitarian and Activist, Christiana has always maintained a positive attitude towards life, which is displayed through her life affirming work. As a result of this, she extends her desires, encouraging herself and others to support others in their life struggles. This selfless calling has compelled her to materialize elements in her work that incorporates social issues such as poverty, prejudice, mental disabilities, racism, violence ,trafficking, homelessness, orphaned and abused children and global neglect to bring awareness to the plight of others.
As far as her physical ART…Christiana positions her figures as iconic figures of strength to seduce the audience and materialize specific social issues , hoping to incite discussion and a positive change. This often times causes an emotional shift or awakening in the viewer's experience. Furthermore, she frequently harnesses the symbolism of masking and unmasking the the form or forms as icons to interpolate the purpose of personal beauty with social injustice that stigmatizes it. Today Christiana's pieces are considered Vision board Art on Canvas. Christiana's art has the soul purpose to heal from the past or to create a future dream.