Growing up on a lake and spending much of my youth swimming, water was — and still is — a critical way in which I view my environment and my place in it. In Chicago, the lakefront is both a boundary and a guiding line, a place from which we measure and navigate our way through the city. After each visit to the lake, I found myself renewed. The meditative and spiritual sanctuary that bodies of water offer is akin to stumbling into a religious site. I have always found peace and joy along the shore. This pair of found-image collages combine traditional Christian visuals with waterfronts, generating otherworldly and unexpected hybrid spaces.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Courtney Graham Sriha is a Chicago-based program director, artist, and writer. She serves as the Director of Connectivity at the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) where she leads programs to drive collaboration between partners in the food-away-from-home ecosystem. Courtney previously managed events and programs at the Art Institute of Chicago and earned her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the University of Michigan. As a senior writer for the arts publication Sixty Inches from Center, she covers access and highlights the work of artists with disabilities.