Christopher Jagmin is a multi-media artist, and is a self-described
documentarian. His current text-based, autobiographical work attempts to make sense of what it means to be an American at this moment in time.
Jagmin studied graphic design and printmaking at the School of Fine
Arts at Indiana University, Bloomington. In July, he had a solo
exhibition at Practical Arts in Phoenix, and this year for the month
of January he was selected for the Mass MoCA residency program at
North Adams, Massachusetts.
He is a recipient of a 2017 Contemporary Forum Artist Grant, a 2018 Arizona Commission grant, and has shown work at the Phoenix Art Museum. His work was selected for the Arizona Biennial in 2018 and in 2013, and is planning an exhibit of work to be shown in March of next year with the artists, Ann Morton and Safwat Saleem at Phoenix's Modified Gallery.
These works are from an exhibit with artist, Patricia Sannit at the Mesa Center for Contemporary Art in 2016.
For this series, called, "The Fourth Day in the Tenth Year", I turned to unconventional materials, thinking about the precious items immigrants choose to take on their journeys to a hopeful new place. I choose perceived fragile materials—cardboard, roofing paper, packing strap, rope, and found objects from my studio—to reference the precious items that migrants cannot leave behind.
In these works, figures move from left to right on their way to an unknown place and experience. Monuments of a proud past are left behind as these figures carry belongings, comfort, and precious cultural histories. They walk broken but proudly, as drones and the future loom ahead.
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