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  • “The Hair Cut”The Hair Cut

    The Hair Cut is a two part video installation that is displayed on a flatscreen monitor. The installation is controlled by a proximity sensor. When the sensor is triggered video one plays on a loop. If the sensor is not triggered video two plays. The two videos depict a single character in two different environments. In video one the environment is cluttered with old belongings. The space is being observed from the character's point of view. There is audio, but the sounds do not mirror what the character is seeing. Video two is a wide shot of the character sitting in an empty field. The audio gradually becomes louder, but echo the noises that exist in the character's new environment.

  • “Where Are We”Where Are We

    "Are You With Us" is a visual representation of LGBTQ inclusion on the top 3 streaming networks: Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. The triptych specifically focuses on the inclusion of women and POC characters included on these networks. I photographed myself as both a representation of self reflection and a queer women of color. The space occupied by my image is based off percentages from GLAAD's 2017-2018 "RACIAL DIVERSITY OF LGBTQ CHARACTERS ON STREAMING SERVICES" & "SEXUAL ORIENTATION OF LGBTQ CHARACTERS ON STREAMING"

  • “Are You With Us”Are You With Us

    I​ ​photographed​ ​myself​ ​nude​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​a bed​ ​sheet.​ ​​ ​The​ ​final​ ​images​ ​were​ ​distorted​ ​in​ ​Photoshop​ ​to​ ​create​ ​an​ ​illusion​ ​that​ ​the​ ​viewer​ ​is looking​ ​at​ ​a​ ​fictional​ ​space.​ ​​ ​While​ ​I​ ​am​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​in​ ​each​ ​photo,​ ​I​ ​am​ ​not​ ​using​ ​my​ ​body​ ​as​ ​a direct​ ​representation​ ​of​ ​myself.​ ​​ ​Instead,​ ​my​ ​body​ ​is​ ​a​ ​flexible​ ​object​ ​that​ ​I​ ​can​ ​use​ ​to​ ​navigate through​ ​a​ ​space,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​is​ ​also​ ​able​ ​to​ ​express​ ​a​ ​thought​ ​or​ ​emotion.​

  • “How Many Tomorrows”How Many Tomorrows

    "How Many Tomorrows" is a continuation of two other video works: The Haircut and Motion Sickness. These works have been informed by personal experiences that reflect on a continuum of urges to conceal and reveal my identity. ​In How Many Tomorrows, I’m balancing on top of a stool. The camera switches to a perspective shot that is hovering over the stool while my hands grip onto the surface.

  • “Motion Sickness”Motion Sickness

    "Motion Sickness" is a video split into a sequence of photos displayed side by side. The images are of a young women standing in front of a video projection. She rips off her shirt after seeing a florescent pink spot on the sleeve. When she turns around the projection illuminates her bare back as she gazes at the video playing on the wall. ​

Cristina Ossers

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Cristina is a Milwaukee based multimedia artist.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. For one semester she studied in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Art.

After college, she participated in a year long mentorship through Milwaukee Artist Resource Network. She is currently a Gallery Assistant at Var Gallery and Studios, and co-leads a Multimedia Internship for Teenagers at Walker's Point Center of the Arts (WPCA) / ArtWorks.

Her work is currently on display at Var Gallery and Studios.

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My art is a product of experimentation across disciplines and reflection of how popular cultural influences identity and behavior.