CHRISTINE HOWARD SANDOVAL is an Obispeño Chumash and Hispanic artist based in New York City. Her work challenges the boundaries of representation, access, and habitation through the use of performance, video, and sculpture. Howard Sandoval makes work about contested places, such as the historic Native and Hispanic waterways of northern New Mexico; the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site in New York; and an interfacing suburban-wildland in Colorado.
Howard Sandoval has exhibited nationally and internationally; at The Museum of Capitalism (Oakland, CA), Designtransfer, Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin, Germany), El Museo Del Barrio (Bronx, NY), and Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY). Her first solo museum exhibition debuted at The Colorado Springs Fine Art Center in May 2019, during which time she will be the Mellon Artist in Residence at Colorado College. Sandoval has also been awarded residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Triangle Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design. She currently teaches within the Art, Media, and Technology program at Parsons.
If cartography, through its translation of space into quantifiable measurements, is a form of colonialism- I seek a language of place that refuses reduction through the multiplicity of perspective. Smithson’s theory of entropy, a process of deterioration that is conditioned by irreversibility, has driven my art practice. My work extends from my direct experiences in landscapes that are entropic, and maps conflicting forces that contribute to their transformation.
Through the act of walking in precarious landscapes that have been compromised by over industrialization, anthropogenic forces, and the combination of both- I initiate multi-media projects that challenge the boundaries of representation, access, and habitation. I work with community members, science researchers, and historical documentation to develop scripted narratives that are performed through voice overs, written text, map making, and diagramatic drawings. The narratives are culled from many voices, timeframes, and contexts to create new hybrid subjectivities that emphasize the intersection of competing and controversial perspectives. Currently I am focused on the pervasive issue of water resources specifically within the two places that I live, the coastal region of NYC and the high desert of the south west.
Artistically, research drives my ideas and ideas determine aesthetics. My practice is a negotiation between what is physically present in landscape, and its subsequent memories, to pose future imaginaries. I seek long-term engagement with places and their people as a means of exploring my own self-identity that is intimately formed by land and community.