Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI began my artistic career as a visual artist. However, after completing several series of paintings and artist books, I discovered a narrative thread running through my work and made the leap to time-based media. Inspired by the multi-media compositions of Laurie Anderson and the experimental humor of Andy Kaufman, my current practice lives at the (dangerous!) intersection of performance art and comedy. Ultimately, I strive to make work that blurs the line between the two. Whether in the form of stand-up, video art or experimental theatre, my intimate stories begin with a familiar experience but inevitably veer into unpredictable terrain, revealing their emotional core. On stage, I share the surprising, whimsical and vulnerable aspects of myself in order to connect with audiences through storytelling.
Christine Ferrera is a performance artist, writer and comedian. Since moving to Baltimore in 2007, she has created a vivid and idiosyncratic body of multi-media performance. She has been honored to perform at The Contemporary Museum, Center Stage and the Transmodern Performance Festival, among many others. Her work has appeared on NPR’s The Story, WYPR’s The Signal and the podcasts You/Me/Them/Everybody, Digression Sessions and Learn To Take A Joke. In 2013, she was the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. She was a featured solo performer in the Amsterdam Fringe Festival and her play Stellar Cellar premiered at the Charm City Fringe Festival in 2014. Ferrera self-published a visual book about her decade-long correspondence with Starbucks Coffee Company titled, Starbux Diary: My 10-year Journey to Caffeinated Enlightenment, which was included in City Paper’s Top Ten Baltimore Books of 2015 and described as “Hilariously personal.” In 2017, she was a featured performer for Wham City Comedy's (Adult Swim/IFC) national tour and comedy festivals throughout the U.S. She was recently named a Sonheim Prize Semi-finalist and GBCA Baker Artist Award finalist for 2018.