20th century Contemporary Ceramist
Christine Federighi was born in 1949 in San Mateo, California. She received a B. A. at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio in 1972, and a M. F. A. at Alfred University in New York in 1974. She currently lives in Miami, Florida, and is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. She is a recipient of a SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) grant, and a Florida Fine Arts Council grant. Federighi's work is a visual narrative that reflects the artist's life experiences.
"The image or symbol of a figure and house have been constant to my ideas. Very often these images have inscriptions or carvings that wrap the surface and further narrate their symbolism. I have allowed symbols to freely develop and become part of my body of work over the past ten to twelve years. I've come to feel that we all have personal symbols or images that we consciously or unconsciously use for any variety of reasons. We can choose to investigate those reasons and make them specific or allow the symbols to freely assemble and become visual arrangements that are ambiguous or enigmatic - something that I prefer to have happen.
I have done some investigation of the meaning of the symbols I use and was fascinated by this definition in the Dictionary of Symbols. This body of work deals with the house-figure relationship as is always a changing metaphor for personal events. At present my relationship is building a house. Sometimes I think that I live in three houses or homes - my birth home, my spiritual home, and the home that is my dwelling. This idea seems to be expressed by the "stacked" quality of some of the pieces. Building a house is a growth process and involves different areas of learning. Aspects of the planning and physical building, such as locating a site, drilling a well, digging the foundation and constructing the framework, have become poetic metaphors for the visual form of the pieces." - Christine Federighi