Eruption, 2019-2022, Hand-colored pigment print on Arches Museum Rag, Original Cover 208”x8” 26 pages.
An environmental story based on Costa Rica and Norway.
“With the accordion book structure as the pre-determined element of the artwork, I employ a process of creative exploration and intuition. I work each double page in isolation, folding it back before beginning the next. The elements of the preceding pages inform those of the next as recent memories rather than a direct and present influence.
Each of the Concertina books is a symbolic narrative analysis of my experience and a response to the structure of the books themselves. They all tell a story.
During the Covid period, I especially found this way of working were healing and reflective.”
Irene Christensen manages to divide her time producing her work not only in her studios in New York City as well as in Oslo, Norway, where she also curates exhibitions. For 13 years she has also spent 1 or 2 months in Costa Rica. She has exhibited in both Europe and the United States since 1983. She participated in the Personal Structures exhibition organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation and hosted by the European Cultural Center in the context of the Venice Art Biennale of 2017.
Irene is a member of Norwegian Association of Professional Visual Artists (NBK and LNM), Sculptors Guild, Salmagundy Club, NYC and board adviser to Everglades Artists in Residence (AIRIE), Florida and until 2019 Artists Talk on Art (ATOA), NY Artists Circle. Long Island City Artists (LIC-A). Her work is represented in many museums and personal collections in Europe and USA.
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