My work is about contemporary labor. These abstractions are based in subversion of production manufacturing, injecting playful experimentation into relationship with material. The objects are industrial, produced by repetition pursuing deviation. Adaptation requires mutation; biological systems adapt, industrial systems do not. The iron castings include latitude and longitude coordinates. The coordinates, sites of creation, create maps of travel where the work was accomplished. The furnaces that produce the metal are named- identifying each as a metallurgical sample of the artist-built machine that produced it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Christyn Overstake is an artist and assistant professor of art currently living and working in Oklahoma. She received her BFA in sculpture from Northern Arizona University and her MFA in sculpture from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. She has worked, lived, and shown across the United States, and shown internationally. Her work is informed by her time spent in production manufacturing as a welder/ fabricator. She has also developed an installation and sculpture based collaboration with her spouse, Robin Baker, exploring the current extinction event developing as a result of human activity.
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