Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Installation View of Alper Gallery, Observation from the Valley Floor 2019

Christine Neill’s paintings are visual explorations of the natural world which combine her two main interests: biology and art. Examinations of plant and occasionally insect life are captured in intimate, intricately drawn, painted, printed, and constructed views of the environment seen at ground level, as if from the point of view of the animals and insects that inhabit the spaces. She is particularly attuned to the biological cycle of plants and insects, opting for these subjects over other species, including people. Yet, humanity is indirectly the subject of her work, or rather, humanity’s environmental impact on the planet.

Stating that her work “notes intersections where environmental and anthropological worlds meet,” Neill’s art investigates a world that most people pass through without noticing the life forces contained within. Neill captures moments in time happening adjacent to us every day, but which go ignored.

Climate change and the earth’s response to environmental threats inform the artist’s practice. Far from being purely documentary, Neill closely studies her subjects both outdoors and in her studio. Her work crosses between painting and printed image, reality and fantastical, but what remains constant are the relationship demonstrated between humans, the environment and natural lifecycles.

John Muir wrote “Most people are on the world, not in it…” Neill’s works puts us firmly in the world.

-Curator Mollie Berger Salah
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Installation View of Alper Gallery, Observation from the Valley Floor
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Installation view of Alper Gallery, Observation from the Valley Floor
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Lunaria Rings, Bromelia Stripes, The Other Side of Paradise
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Night Wings, Just Weeds
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Aechmea Caracas, Three Days
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Disappearing Cavendish, Circle Bracts
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Holey Leaves-Violet, Mangrove Forest
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Balance of Colors, Balance of Essence
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
White Death, Orpheus' Orchid, Strangler Fig
CHRISTINE NEILL Installation Views of Katzen Exhibit, Observation from the Valley Floor, 2019
Five Stages of the Palm, Flight Lines