BCA Art Gallery

Christiane Corbat

Art influences and transforms life. As an artist, I became convinced of this first hand during a personal crisis ten years ago. I made plaster castings of my body and transformed them into mythical, dream-like images which embodied the qualities I wished to have as part of my life. This process not only "healed" me, it gave me a tool with which to change my life. I asked friends to help further explore my theory by allowing me to make similarly transformative pieces about their battles with life threatening diseases or with their deepest fears. So began the Warrior Series. Besides breast cancer and other forms of cancer and leukemia, I have made pieces with people who have many other physical and emotional problems. My intent is to create sculpture which pushes through and beyond illness or fear to a place where legends and myths live again and our dreams awaken.

Each person confronting a crisis such as cancer has his or her own special story, yet each one also embodies universal fears, hopes, angers and realizations. Linking the uniqueness of the individual to global human concerns creates an image which touches many. Identification with the archetype, myth or dream allows the model and the viewer to accept something too immense or difficult to otherwise grasp.

There is a great deal of talk about the piece as we work on it, about the myth involved, the symbolism chosen which best suits the person's situation. The way in which I make art, as a type of ceremonial process, creates a special atmosphere which allows us to explain truths about ourselves we don't usually get to share. The metaphor of art allows us to touch profound feeling without being threatened. The symbol which is created helps us to take on the qualities we seek in order to feel healed or whole in spirit, regardless of the state of our minds and bodies.

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© 1989, Christiane Corbat
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© 1994, Christiane Corbat
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© 1995, Christiane Corbat
Amazon,
The Offering
Amazon,
My Mother/My Daughter
Amazon,
Night Light

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Christiane Corbat was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and currently resides in Rhode Island. She received her B.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been the subject of numerous publications as well as radio and television programs. Not only is Christiane an active artist, she is also an educator who presents lectures and workshops on various topics in art. In addition, her work graces both public and private collections.


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