Christine Forni’s work is based on the many ways light interacts with the physical world. She’s a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, alternative photography, drawing, and installation. Forni exhibited at venues such as Ueno Royal Japanese Art Museum, DeCordova Sculpture Museum, Piedmont’s Museo di Scienze Naturali to Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

         Forni, a midwestern artist, lives in Chicago. In 2015, she uprooted her life to study abroad in Paris. While overseas she exhibited photograms at Academia Romana and was invited as a guest speaker to the international physicists conference on Constructal Law in Bucharest. Forni’s landscape installation began in Paris during an artist residency at École du Breuil d’Horticulture where she researched Parisian gardener’s organization of native and non-native plants collected from around the world. Concurrently she had a residency at Muséum National d’Historie Naturelle there she documented and drew details of bones specimen similarities amassed by naturalist during the colonial exploration period. 

          Born in Cleveland, she spent her younger years in the industrial cities of Pittsburgh and Detroit while living next to a forest preserve. She helped her grandmother create a living plant specimen collection overtaking their formal dining room; with her grandfather she planted vegetables and grafted trees in their victory garden to feed the family. Forni experienced a dichotomy of industrial backdrops along with time spent around nature and plants in domestic settings - these layered alternate environments inspired a fascination around human interpretations and interactions within the natural world informing Forni’s practice today.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

-  Paris College of Art, BFA, Fine Art, Cum Laude, 2017

-  Iowa State University, BFA Graphic Design, Emphasis Metalsmithing, 1989

Selected Residencies 

-  Vermont Studio Center Painting Residency, Johnson, VT, 2019

-  Grand Marais Art Colony Printmaking Artist Residency, Grand Marais, MN, 2019 

-  Hyde Park Art Center, Artist in Residence, Chicago, IL, 2017- 2019 

-  École du Breuil d'Horticulture, Artist Residency, Paris, France, 2016

-  Muséum National d’Historie Naturelle, Artist Residency, Paris, France, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019  -  Black & White, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI

          -  Remembering Sophia's Garden, Ignition Projects, Chicago, IL

2018  -  Landmass Performance, North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago, IL

          -  Fugitive Narratives, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

          -  Chicago Sculpture International Biennale, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

2017  -  A.I.M.P.E., Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum Exhibition, Tokushima, Japan 

          -  Speaking Alone Together, Galerie Crous, Paris, France

          -  (un)Common Resemblance, exhibition at Academia Romana in Bucharest

2016  -  Tempo Memoria, Museo Internazional Italian Art, Turin, Italy

          -  Drawing the Line, Espace F15, Paris, France

          -  Specimen, Rue de Rocroy Space, Paris, France

2015  -  53rd Art Exchange Symposium, Busan Federation of Art & Culture, South Korea

          -  Seductive Material, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

          -  Front & Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago

2014  -  Rockford Art Museum Biennale, Rockford, IL

          -  52nd Art Exchange Symposium, Busan Federation of Art & Culture, South Korea

          -  La Frontera, Velvet DaVinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA

          -  The Galaxy of the Brain, University of Chicago Health & Wellness Center Chicago, IL

2013  -  Artists Respond to Genocide, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

          -  La Frontera, Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City, Mexico

          -  Cultural Symbiosis, Centro Cultural de Baja California, Mexico

          -  The Ring, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2012  -  Art Energy Future, Piedmont’s Museo di Scienze Naturali, Turin, Italy

          -  Synergy, Artspace 191, Vienna, Austria

2011  -  44th Memorial International Enameling Art Exhibition, Modern Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

          -  Objects of Status, Power and Adornment, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA

          -  Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Pistachio Gallery, Chicago, IL

          -  Sea Ceremony, SNAG exhibition, collaboration with Japanese ceramicist, Momoko Usami, Seattle, WA

          -  Cohesion, Bridging Fine Art & Fine Craft, curator, Zhou B Art Center Chicago, IL

2010  -  2000  

          -  Transformation 5, The Art Association, Jackson, WY

          -  Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Exposition, Pistachio Gallery, Chicago, IL

          -  30 and Beyond, curated by David Revere McFadden, chief curator for MAD Museum, ISU, Ames, IA

          -  Raphael Founder Prize Exhibition, Mixed media, Society for Fine Crafts, Pittsburg, PA

          -  Society of Northern American Goldsmiths exhibition, Houston Museum of Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

          -  40th Memorial International Enameling Art Exhibition, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

          -  La Exposición, Ilamada Figuracions, Centre d'Artesania de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

          -  Ornamental 8, DeCordova Museum and Sculptural Park, Lincoln, MA 

 

Selected Honors & Grants

-  Awagami’s Japanese Museum Printmaking Exhibition, Honorable Mention, Tokushima, Japan, 2018  

-  Hyde Park Art Center, Center Program, Chicago, IL, 2015

-  Chicago Artists Month, Featured Artist, Chicago, IL, 2011

-  Elizabeth Raphael’s Founder’s Prize, Pittsburg, PA 2005

-  James R. Thompson Award, Illinois Arts Council, Grant Awarded, Chicago, IL, 2003

-  Focus Grant, Stipend & Iowa State University Parks Library Exhibition, Ames, IA, 1987

 

Selected Media

-  Chicago Sculpture International Biennale, exhibition catalog, Chicago, IL, 2018

-  A.I.M.P.E., exhibition catalog, Tokushima, Japan, 2017

-  Italia Arte Magazine, Tempo Memoria, magazine article, Turin, Italy, 2016

-  53rd Art Exchange Symposium, exhibition catalog, Busan Federation of Art & Culture, South Korea, 2015

-  Italia Arte Magazine, (un)Common Resemblance, magazine article, Turin, Italy, 2014

-  52nd Art Exchange Symposium, exhibition catalog, Busan Federation of Art & Culture, South Korea, 2014

-  44th Memorial International Enameling Art Exhibition, exhibition catalog, Tokyo, Japan, 2013

-  Artists Respond to Genocide, exhibition catalog, UIMA, Chicago, IL, 2013

-  500 Necklaces, Lark Books, 2013

-  Art Energy Future, Regional Museum of Natural Science, exhibition catalog, Turin, Italy, 2012

-  Chicago Tonight, Artist’s film documentary PBS, 2011

-  Art Jewelry Today 3, hardbound book, Author Jeffrey Snyder, 2011

-  Artist’s film documentary, Chicago Artist Month, City of Chicago, IL, 2011

-  Lapidary Journal Jewelry Art, Magazine, February, 2009

-  30 and Beyond College of Design, exhibition catalog, ISU, Ames, IA 2009

-  Art Jewelry Today 2, hardbound book, Author Jeffrey Snyder, 2008

-  Transformation 5, exhibition catalog, 2005

-  Atre Yjoya, Spanish Contemporary Art Jewelry, magazine article, May-July, 2004

-  Art Jewelry Today, hardbound book, Author Dona Meilach, 2003

-  Lapidary Journal, magazine article, 2003

-  American Style, magazine article, 2002

-  Art Beat, Chicago Public Television, 2002

 

Teaching & Demonstrations

-  Tryon Farm's Nature Series - Drawing You Outside - Light and Lines with Charcoal, Chicago, IL, 2019

-  Hyde Park Art Center - Demonstration 23kt gold leaf fused and scribed on enameled steel, Chicago, IL, 2018

-  Paris College of Art - Demonstration chincolé techniques on etching press, Paris, France, 2016 

-  Zhou B Art Center - Sugar Fired Enameling Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2014 

-  Highland Park Arts Center - Torch Firing Enamel Instructor, Highland Park, IL, 2007

-  Escuela Llotja - Metalsmithing Workshop Instructor. Barcelona, Spain, 2004 Fall

-  Loyola University - Substitute Metalsmithing Professor, Chicago, IL, 2004 Spring

-  Highland Park Arts Center - Metalsmithing Instructor, Highland Park, IL, 2003 - 2006

-  Oriental Institute - Children's Egyptian Copper Embossing Workshop, Chicago, IL, 2001

-  LillStreet Art Center - Metalsmithing Instructor, Chicago, IL, 1996 - 2005

 

Artist Talks

-  Drawing You Outside - Interactions with Nature, Tryon Farm's Art +Nature Series, Michigan City, ID, 2019

-  Natural Connections: Printmaking and Sculpture, Grand Marais Art Colony, MN, 2019

-  Moments Intertwined with Plants, Artist Talk, Hyde Park Art Center, Fugitive Narratives exhibition, Chicago, IL, 2018

-  (un)Common Relationships in the Nature's Designs, Guest Speaker, Constructal Law and 

    Second Law Conference, International Physicist Conference, Bucharest, Romania, 2017 

-  Alzheimers, Changing Memories, Artist Talk Museum of International Italian Art, Turin Italy, 2016 

-  Bridging Fine Art & Fine Craft, Artist Talk, Chicago Artist Month, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2011  

-  Metal Transformation, Cocooning and Butterfly Wings in Art Jewelry, Artist Talk, Escuela Llotia Barcelona, Spain, 2004

© Christine Forni