Audra Christie is a Maine based artist working with installation, printmaking and socially engaged art. Christie’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from ethics, craft, localism, conviviality, the rural and community in formats that are widely varied including public installations, bingo, community dinners and a traveling tiny house studio that offers free classes in knitting, hand embroidery and needle felting. Christie received her BFA in Interdisciplinary fine arts with a concentration in the visual arts at the University of Maine at Machias in 2003. And with her MFA in studio art, at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, in May 2015.
The presence of craft in some form is a key element in her work. Interaction with the physical presence of the materials is a personal, yet simultaneously shared experience.
Christie works with community as medium. The ability to create situations of collaboration is a skill she cultivates to bring people into her practice. Conversation can be a process that creates an interpersonal fabric from individual threads, a process of weaving that recalls the common starting point of text and textile.
The interweaving of people presents an opportunity for exchange: the exchange of ideas, skills, resources and experience of viewpoints. The community can be understood as the interaction of multiple voices. The strength is in the differences as much as the similarities; we each bring something different to exchange.
Christie’s work is based in the rural. The urban holds the voice of cultural centrality, while in the rural there is an independence that exists at the overlap of the historical and traditional.