Christie Neptune in dialogue with Rhea Combs, Curator of Film & Photography at Smithsonian's National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Combs and Neptune discuss the themes and inspiration behind the artist's newest body of work on view at Hamiltonian Gallery.
"She Fell From Normalcy" is the third and final installment of Christie Neptune's multi-media series "Eye Of The Storm", a body of work that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experience. Working across photography, film and new media, Neptune challenges the hegemonic system of whiteness that shapes our definitions of the "self", and in "She Fell From Normalcy", places particular emphasis on its effect on the emotional and mental health of people of color.
In "She Fell From Normalcy", Christie Neptune uses sound, installation, original writing and video throughout the gallery to build a world stripped of the limitations of race, gender and class. As subject, Neptune employs two females trapped in a sterile, white environment in which they are controlled by an unseen presence; it is only after a cataclysmic break in the system that the females are granted clarity and self-recognition.
Neptune is a graduate of Fordham University and has been featured in publications including Les Femmes Folles, HYSTERIA: What Was Taken, Psychology Today and Juxtapoze Magazine. Recent shows include a solo exhibition at Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). She has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015); The Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC (2015); UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015); the Momentum Technology Film Fest at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2014); and 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2011).