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Christina on "Murmuration" series

Installation artist and sculptor Christina Watka creates site-specific works in an ongoing body of work she calls “Murmuration”. Using natural materials and ceramic to create systems and networks in site-specific works, the end result resembles clusters, herds, and other organic systems. We go behind the scenes for the installation of recent additions to the “Murmuration” series to learn more about Watka’s unique process.

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"Murmuration (Luster Gold and Silver)" at a private residence in Altamer, Anguilla
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"Murmuration (Luster Gold and Silver)" at a private residence in Altamer, Anguilla
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"Murmuration (Luster Gold and Silver)" at a private residence in Altamer, Anguilla
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“Using a very basic material that comes from the earth, sculpted into a shape that comes from the body, I draw up undulating compositions that discuss fluidity, movement, lightness, and air.”

— Christina Watka

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"Murmuration (Impression, Community, and Legacy)" at Felicity House
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"Murmuration (Impression, Community, and Legacy)" at Felicity House
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"Murmurations (Impression, Community, and Legacy)" at Felicity House
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"Murmuration (Impression, Community, and Legacy)" at Felicity House
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“The metallic leaf catches the light and playfully bounces it around the work, inviting the viewer to pause.”

— Christina Watka

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"Aries" commissioned by Caleb Anderson
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Close-up of "Aries"
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Close-up of "Aries"
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“This specific installation mimics the patterns of people walking through the city streets. The installation travels along a 17-foot wall like a constellation or a herd of animals. Some pieces stand alone, some follow a flock, you can also spot pairs coupled off away from the crowd. The tiny porcelain shapes reflect the activity on the street - people coming home from work or families congregating on the edge of a street waiting for the light to turn.”

— Christina Watka

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"Murmuration LXXVIII" in-progress
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“Each porcelain piece is sculpted by hand, using one quick motion with a knuckle, finger, or fist, similar to a single brushstroke by a painter.”

— Christina Watka

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"Murmuration LXXVIII" in-progress
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Close-up of "Murmuration LXXVIII"
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"Murmuration LXXVII"
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"Murmuration LXXVII"
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“As I created the works, I listened exclusively to jazz standards and allowed the melodies to guide my compositional choices.”

— Christina Watka

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Close-up of "Murmuration LXVIII: Better Brighter"
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"Murmuration LXVIII: Better Brighter"
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"Murmuration XIII" at One57
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"Murmuration XIII" at One57

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