In addition to her commercial practice, Christie Spillane is a contemporary photographer who creates surreal, dream-like tableaus. Her images investigate memory, violence, and imagination, and focus on how they intersect, influence, and overpower each other. Her photographs embody emotional and psychological visualizations about the impact of patriarchal oppression and are characterized by their quiet intensity, luscious textures, and uncanny compositions.
Her practice evolved as a young professional while working in the camera departments on commercial fiction films. This exposure to “movie magic,” opened her perspective around creating strange and visual realities through the lens. Throughout her photography career artists such as Gregory Crewdson and Francesca Woodman have inspired her to push the boundaries of the real and the unreal. These influences continue to inspire scenes she constructs for her camera.
Ms. Spillane is a passionate educator and is currently a faculty member at The San Francisco Art Institute, as well as an instructor at RayKo Photo Center; both located in San Francisco, CA.
Ms. Spillane is the recipient of the James B. Pendleton Finishing Grant for Photography in both 2006 and 2007. She has exhibited her artwork in group and solo exhibitions in New York, Oregon, and California. Selections of her photographs have been published in Proud Queer Monthly along with an interview of the artist. She received her BFA in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts from Ithaca College; and her MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She splits her time between San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR where she lives on her “urban farm” with her longtime partner, and her beloved cat and dogs.