// christina song : milieu

We just got back from CMKY, a super fun electronic music festival in Boulder, Colorado (full post to come). While we were there, we were captivated by these beautiful mirrored prisms on our hosts’ picnic table that we dubbed ‘mirrormids’, & found out they were by Christina Song. Song is an artist who currently lives in Portland, OR. We googled that shit hard until we were finally put in contact with her, & asked her a few questions. She was very obliging, & quite lovely.

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Where did you attend school?
I attended the University if Colorado at Boulder for my undergraduate degree. I majored in fine arts, & concentrated on painting & drawing.

What inspired you to work with mirrors?
I started working with mirrors because I originally wanted to create a clean concept for a photo shoot done in the middle of the woods with my band. (Christina plays synthesizer in Ancient Heat.) The concept started with my fascination with drawing geometric shapes in repetition on vellum & overlaying it on top of each other. The mirrors idea came to me while I was looking into concepts for a disco photo shoot. I never had worked with glass or mirror before, so it was exciting to work in a new medium.

I mainly work in painting & drawing, but dabble in most media. I really enjoy photography & printmaking, & hope to start printing my own digital collages onto textiles.
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What do the prisms represent to you?
I don’t know if they represent anything besides their surroundings, which is what my main goal was. The mirrors absorb whatever environment that it is placed in. That is why the installation is called ‘Milieu’, which is a french word meaning the physical or social setting in which something occurs. I wanted the piece to transform spaces without being so invasive.

What inspires you in general?
I’m inspired by my surroundings. It can be a friend, music, or something I see in the newspaper. I feel like my process is to be extremely obsessive about a certain aesthetic in my mind & trying to create it in as many different ways as I can, until something feels right. It doesn’t always work, but it still keeps me moving & thinking.

Where was your favorite installation?
My favorite installation of the piece was at the Salt Flats in Utah. It was a very surreal & magical place. It was also nice to be alone in the middle of nowhere, taking pictures with my husband, after a 20 hour drive from Portland.
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What do you listen to when you are working?
I like a lot of different types of music, but lately I have been revisiting a lot of 90’s & early 2000’s R&B. I am also a big fan of listening to quiet electronic music while working on projects. Sometimes, I get really excited about listening to new music, but when I’m working I need something familiar, so that I can zone out without focusing on listening to something new.

What are your goals as an artist?
My goal is to keep working & producing. I find that as I get older, separating my work, band, home, & social life is quite challenging. While being lost in the daily schedules of everyday life, I ignore what used to be my main passion in life.

Where can people see more of your work?
Right now, I am working on continuing to photograph the installation in different areas of the country. I am trying to set up a photo show by the end of December 2014.

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See more of Milieu here.


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