Christine Mauersberger is an American artist who produces
complex mark-making narratives in multiple media: paintings, embroidery, and installation works.
Her work is featured in private and public collections and has been exhibited and published internationally including The Millennium Court Arts Centre in Ireland and in the Biennale du Lin in Quebec, Canada.
She has taught and lectured at numerous locations from throughout the USA and Canada, to Switzerland.
She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, a Creative Workforce Fellowship in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship, and the Ohio Arts Council Award of Individual Excellence for a second time. Christine lives and creates in her native Cleveland, Ohio less than ten miles away from the Slovak civic club where her parents went dancing every Saturday night when she was growing up.
I work primarily—although not exclusively—with textiles and stitching. For me, the process of mark-making, whether stitched, drawn, painted, or printed, is my way of making a physical artifact of the progression of time.
Each stitched or drawn line is deliberate and are lines of conversation between my hand and my brain. They can be considered performative in that the movement of thought is re-enacted in my hands. Hand-stitching and drawing are time-based mediums and therefore traces of mental movement flow onto the substrate of cloth, paper, or found objects onto which I’ve selected to work.
Every mark enable a visual map of thinking with my hand to emerge forth to reach into space and transcend the idea of time; often these marks are structurally map-like therefore I consider my works to take the final form of a personal map.
When I make an installation, the emphasis moves away from intimate intellectual moments into using materials that will relate to my hand stitching but are not derived from the same processes. The materials themselves have an ability to transform from being stiff and flat to actually flowing and responding to air movements in the room. The emphasis is no longer in the minutia, but in the larger immediate visceral effect one receives upon viewing an installation.
It is my hope that my work captures not only the reality of time passing, but also the distillation of what remains when the unimportant parts of life have been removed.
1286 West 112 St
Cleveland, OH 44102
An interview with greater Cleveland artist, Christine Mauersberger shares her love for stitching and the serenity that comes with the process of creating her work.
Christine Mauersberger is a 2013 Creative Workforce Fellow. The Fellowship program offers $20,000 awards and additional support for artists in Cuyahoga County. The program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.