Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cristina Biaggi

Cristina Biaggi

Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D., has achieved international recognition for her varied and significant contributions to the field of Goddess-centered art and scholarly studies. Her works are a reflection and an extension of her lifelong interest in the classics, art and art history, archaeology, literature and languages, acquired at Vassar College, the University of Utah, Harvard University and New York University. When she isn't preparing new pieces for an exhibition, Dr. Biaggi is writing, lecturing, working with the Children's Shakespeare Theatre of Palisades, New York, or spending time with her three dachshunds. She recently earned her Black Sash in Kung Fu and teaches Tae Kwon Do as a 4th Degree Black Belt. Her third published book, The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy, made its debut in 2006 with Choice Magazine* giving it high marks. Her other two books are Habitations of the Great Goddess, published in 1995 and In the Footsteps of the Goddess, published in 2000. She has lectured widely about art, prehistory and women’s spirituality in the United States, Europe and Australia and extends her engagement with activism into both her art and her life. Of late, she has been creating bronze portraits of people and their animal companions. She has been exhibiting her work at the feminist-owned Ceres Gallery in New York City and The Flywheel Gallery in Rockland County, New York.

*Choice Magazine review of The Rule of Mars: "This eclectic and fascinating collection of 32 essays revolves around the topic of patriarchy, including its origins, diverse cultural manifestations, nefarious effects, and eventual demise. Most of the essays examine patriarchy's origins and are heavily indebted to the work of archaeomythologist Marija Gimbutas...From the anthropological record past and present, several contributors demonstrate vast differences between matriarchal and patriarchal social orders and the chaos, pain, and suffering wrought by the latter, including war, domestic violence, exploitative capitalism, and environmental degradation...Biaggi deftly weaves the various essays together...Highly recommended."
As an artist, I’ve been inspired by a holistic, feminist view of the Earth and a strong desire to bring about transformation. I have created a body of artwork out of passionate outrage that developed in me over a span of five decades as an outspoken activist.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, years when I was participating in various women’s encampments around the world protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, I created a series of collages on paper and cloth and large web installations. The webs were woven by women in the encampments as symbols of women united in peace against the military-industrial complex.

During the 1980s and 1990s, I attended many women’s conferences including the Third Women’s International Conference in Nairobi and the Fourth Women’s International Conference in Beijing. From my involvement in these important events, I was motivated to create 52% and The Beijing Sphere -- two collages bursting with the captivating faces of the wonderful women of the world I met at those life-changing conferences.

From the 1990s to the present time, I have continued to pursue my study of women’s spirituality and the Great Goddess, and from it has sprung a body of Goddess-related art and writings: the GG sculpture, the Goddess Mound project, a series of Medusas and a number of wooden pieces, along with three books: Habitations of the Great Goddess, In the Footsteps of the Goddess and The Rule of Mars. The latter is a wide-ranging collection of writings on the origins, history and impact of patriarchy.

The realization that my activism, my art and my writing have converged is a delight to me. That my most passionate pursuits have become undeniably intertwined is a reflection of my deepest being. I see it as a calling to achieve my fullest potential as an artist.

View Cristina Biaggi's CV (PDF)

Images
Crucifixion IThe Goddess MoundThe 3-Dimensional Web installationWomenRaging MedusaBreaking the Glass CeilingThe Web (side II)

Location
Palisades, NY
USA

Contact
info@CristinaBiaggi.com

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