Christy Speakman at Octavia Art Gallery

December 4, 2010 - January 8, 2011
Octavia Art Gallery
4532 Magazine Street
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Nature and technology have never really hit it off, perhaps because it is a universal human folly to believe that if enough technology is applied to any situation, nature can be brought under control.

The five Louisiana artists in this exhibition express through their work some of the implications of this deep-seated conflict. Christy Speakman is one of these artists.

Christy Speakman was born in 1979 in New Orleans, LA. She currently lives and works in New York City.

Artist Statement:

My work utilizes photography and video as a means to preserve found ephemera and explore notions of representation in the landscape. I use the camera to compose a personalized language of abstract forms found in nature, pointing at connections between globalization, land loss and technology. Satellite weather mapping, astrophotography and Google Earth have notably influenced my views. Cosmic Territory is an extension of a body of work I began after Hurricane Katrina. I find and document motor oil stains dripped from parked cars and vehicles in transit, using the length of my body to measure microscopic galaxies of oil, water, tar and dust. Full Service Island is a video of rapidly dissolving oil stains projected onto the walls of an auto service station.

As the Hubble telescope explores the outer limits of the Universe, I challenge known
perceptions by observing intimate worlds.

Cosmic Territory, 2009. Cibachrome Print, 40 in x 96 in

Cosmic Territory, 2009. Installation View in AIM: Living and Dreaming at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

2010 I’m Caught Up.., CONVERSIONs South Bronx, Bronx Art Space, NY
Stand Here and Listen, 14 emerging NYC artists at the James Hotel, New York, NY
Tia Dale and Christy Speakman, Spring AIR Exhibition, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Full Service Island, In Collaboration with Beth Dary for Art in Odd Places
SIGN: 2009, Chelsea Carwash, New York, NY
Living & Dreaming - AIM 29, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
New Directions in Photography 2009, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Spectral Analysis, Motus Fort, Tokyo, Japan
SardarbhUS, Colquitt Art Center, Moultrie, GA
2007 Phenomenal Growth, solo exhibition, Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
Full Circle, two-person exhibition, Palma Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2006 Contact/Gulf Coast, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY
Katrina and the Waves of her Diaspora, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
Bird/Puddle, public art installation on Lake Ponchartrain, Aorta Projects, New Orleans, LA
2005 Consider her Weightless, solo exhibition, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH
2003 Reminiscences of Terezin, Sao Paulo’s 6th International Latin Month of Photography,
Solar de Marquesa de Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil


2010 Oregon College of Art, Photography Artist-in-Residence, Portland, OR
2009 Platte Clove Center for Landscape Conservation and Development, Catskill, NY
2007 A Studio in the Woods, Restoration Residency, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
2006 Santa Fe Art Institute, Three Month Pollock Krasner Fellow, Santa Fe, NM
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Gulf Coast Artist Residency, New York, NY
2001 MECCA, Middle European Colony of Contemporary Art, Artist Residency, Terezin, CZ

2010 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Visual Arts Grant, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY
2009 Artist in the Marketplace #29, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2007 Artist Fellowship, Tulane University Center for Bioenvironemental Studies, New Orleans, LA
2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2005 Graduate Student Senate Grant for Original Work, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2005 Three Year Full Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Ohio University, Athens, OH


2005 M.F.A. Photography, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
2002 B.A. Fine Arts, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
2002 B.A. Art History, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana


Giovannotti, Micaela, “Living and Dreaming - AIM 29”, exhibition catalog, 2009
Carmichael, Lucianne, “Changing Landscapes”, catalog, 2008
Molly Reid, “Nature Nurture”, Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA, April 14, 2007
McNulty, Ian, “Woods Work”, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, LA, March 20, 2007