About The Artist

Christina Osheim • Brentwood, MD

Osheim's work explores the tension between polarities, specifically trauma and delight, as they relate to the senses. Her exploration of interstitial space using line, color and shape invites viewers to enter into her world and find their own meaning within. A severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor Osheim has has explored mortality and the uncertainties of anxiety and insomnia that are two of the long term side effects of TBI. Art is a form of communication and some experiences are impossible to put words for. Osheim�s explorations are a way to share her experiences with the world - the good, the bad, the catch-22.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Slip casting and color blocking are the techniques used to make the work. MOBIUS KERAMIKK makes porcelain slip, or liquid clay, in house. The slip is poured into plaster molds of the objects to be sold. This process makes identical forms, or canvases. Osheim then uses tape to color block each form. Each piece is individual as it is impossible to get color blocking identical when doing hand work, allowing the work to sit as a sculptural and functional object in the home.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

In June 2003 I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I was 20, in between my sophomore and junior years of college. Already an art major I had previously focused on painting. I didn�t want to stop college, so dropped a math class and took ceramics as I already knew how to throw. My professor, Ron Gallas, gave me the space to work at my own pace and heal. In this process I found clay to be a conceptual mirror for healing and understanding what had occurred in my brain. I began with assembled wheel thrown cylinders, making abstract sculptures. These sculptures highlighted the space between the forms. As they went through final firing some of the connections would break apart, but enough would stay that the piece remained whole and beautiful. This has been the foundation of the work I have done in the past 20 years and with M�BIUS KERAMIKK.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My work is both serious and playful. I like to challenge perceptions of what clay and craft are alongside sculpture. I push my work so that it almost doesn�t work, but that it really does. For me this relates to living with long term TBI and functioning as a disabled woman in an ableist world. I choose to use bright colors and the tensions between line color and form with understood objects to create points of entry for the viewers to find their own meaning within, outside of mine. For me when I finish a piece and it goes to a new home that work has the capacity to evolve into something new based on its relationship with the owner/user.