Biography

Born in Tolland, CT July 3, 1979

Christine Sajecki studied painting and poetry at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works with a range of media from encaustic (melted and pigmented beeswax) drawing, and animation. Her work has been included in many juried and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a guest lecturer and teacher at several institutions and community centers, including the American Visionary Art Museum, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Clayton State University, MICA, and SCAD. As resident artist at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore for 3 years, she taught frequent encaustic workshops in her studio to adults and children, and continues that practice in her current studio in Savannah, Georgia.

"My work has always been influenced by literature, by story telling, by a book’s ability to let a person live inside another person’s thoughts, walk with their feet- and by the space a book provides in which the reader can create their own picture, textured by their own experience and shaped by cues from the author. The stories I endeavor to tell are influenced by place, place as a character, place with a mood and a history, the mind as a place. Moving to Savannah, Georgia from Baltimore, I feel clearly the impact a place can make to a person’s own mood, ambitions, lifestyle, heart. I take care to admit that I am an unreliable narrator, lonely, born in rural Connecticut, unsettled, uncomfortable, and desiring to understand, belong, help, matter, in a place where I feel like a stranger. I approach these subjects and imagine these stories from where I am, first person, and hope that the story of the viewer becomes an other layer in the narrative.The layers of wax and pigment and photocopy make up a scene, they are a palimpsest, a history. The paintings want not just to be seen but to be given a job. My work wants to narrate, to keep creating. I put the world into my work—the colors and forms, the juxtaposition and conflict, strokes of color and bits of text—and my work, if it can, sends it all out again. It all goes to you, for you, at you."

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 October New Work, Haley Fine Art, Sperryville,VA  

2009 The Rumors Are True; Creative Alliance Main Gallery; Baltimore MD (with Megan Hildebrandt)

2008 Deep Falls; Antreasian Gallery; Baltimore, MD (with Joseph Young)

2007 New Encaustic Paintings & Book Swap; 2nd Floor Gallery; Baltimore MD

2006 The Works; Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt MD

2005 Work; Creative Alliance at the Patterson; Baltimore MD

2003 Telescapes; Atwell’s Art and Frame; Savannah GA

Selected Juried and Invitational Exhibitions:

2009 Common Ground; 11 Americans in Lisbon: Galleria 9 Arte; Lisbon, Portugal

2009 Local Color: Towson University; Towson, MD

2009 SCAD Painting Alumni Exhibition: Pei Ling Chan Gallery; Savannah, GA

2009 Encaustic Works 2009: The Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle; New Rochelle, NY

2009 To The Teeth: Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Curator: Lauren Boilini

2009 Seven From Savannah: 2 Car Garage Gallery; Savannah, GA

2009-2006 Marqee Ball & Silent Auction: Annual Invitational Benefit; Creative Alliance; Baltimore, MD

2008 My __ Other: Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore, MD, Curator: Erin Cluley

2007 Conflict & Peace; Columbia Art Center, MD

2007 Nudes: Annual Benefit Gala; Maryland Art Place; Baltimore, MD

2006 Toys; Museo Gallery; Langley, WA

2005 Alumni Painting Show; Alexander Gallery; Savannah, GA

2005-2001 Carry On Drawing..: Travelling international multimedia exhibition; Curator: Avantika Bawa

2003 74th Annual Connecticut Women Artists Juried Show; Davis Gallery; Mystic, CT; Curator: Fereshteh Daftari

2003 Flow; AquaSpace Gallery; Savannah, GA

Professional Experience:

2010 Visiting Artist Program, Ossabaw Island, GA

2010-2009 Encaustic Workshop Instructor, Armstrong Atlantic State University

2010-2009 Encaustic Workshop Instructor, SCAD, Savannah, GA

2010-09 Visiting Artist Lecture; Maryland Institute College of Art; Baltimore, MD

2009 Co-Curator: Wax Actual Juried Show; Amalie Rothschild Gallery; Baltimore, MD

2009-2007 Artist-In-Residence; Creative Alliance At The Patterson; Baltimore MD

2009-2007 Encaustic Workshop Instructor: Creative Alliance; Baltimore MD

2008 Encaustic Workshop Instructor: Columbia Art Association; Columbia, MD

2008 Resident Artist Instructor: Providence Center for Adults with Disabilities; Annapolis, MD

2008-2006 Bright StArts Program; Resident Art Instructor in Baltimore City Public Schools

2008 Resident Artist Instructor: American Visionary Art Museum Summer Camp; Baltimore MD

2007 Visiting Artist, Harford Community College; Bel Air MD

2006 Visiting Artist, Clayton College State University; Atlanta GA

2006 Visiting Artist, Greenbelt Community Center; Greenbelt MD

Public Collections:

Sui Generis Arts, Whidbey Island, WA
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Clayton College and State University, Atlanta, GA

Education: 

2001 Savannah College of Art and Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting