Christine Corday has combined her interests in the sciences and fine arts to paint, sculpt, draw, and design. Her work includes the Protoist Series, a group of metal alloy sculptures designed to change and rust with human interaction (the first was displayed under the High Line in New York City); the black iron oxide color selected to cover the National September 11 Memorial; abstract charcoal drawings; and abstract synthetic polymer and pigment paintings. The term protoist, coined by the artist, is meant to describe forms in and out of a solid state. About her series, Corday wrote, “Human scale has always been of great interest to my work. . . . The function of sensory perception is to bring an unknown into definition. . . . Human scale is a chosen moment in the awareness of this perceptive function—this is the work of the Protoist Series.”
Born in Laurel, Maryland, in 1970, Corday has lived and painted in Tokyo, Japan, and Seville, Spain. There she made her palette predominately black and began Instrument for the Ocean to Play, a project that turns tidal energy from the ocean into sound. She now lives and works in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her artwork is represented in the Lannan Collection and included in private collections in Paris, Dublin, Madrid, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Dubai, Brussels, the District of Columbia, San Miguel de Allende, and New York City. With support from Lannan Foundation, she presented her Protoist Series: Selected Forms in a solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2015. In Lannan Foundation’s 2016 exhibition (Infra) Structure, Corday presented a charcoal rendering on newsprint showing a section of her work KNOUN, two massive torch-cut steel sculptures. Debuting at LACMA in 2015, KNOUN is a two-pillar form that investigates balance and gravity. Its base and height both measure 13 feet. In 2017 Corday’s sculpture NOVAE will be presented in the Lannan exhibition Something Fierce.