Christa Donner is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice combines material exploration with social exchange. Working across a range of media including large-scale drawing, sound installation, and small-press zines, she creates multi-layered projects that are both intimate and community centered. Donner collaborates with scientists and rural teenagers, amplifies multispecies voices,and in 2012 founded the creative platform Cultural ReProducers to foster visibility and skillsharing for parents in the arts. Donner’s work is exhibited internationally, including projects for the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (Singapore); BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland); the Centro Colombo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This studio art course activates the five senses as entry points for creative research and ecological exchange. You may think you know what art "looks" like, but how do contemporary makers use smell,touch, sound, and/or taste to engage environmental questions? Over the course of the semester we will collaborate with local ecologies through sonic walks and field recording, cross-species recipes, and found and foraged materials, looking to the work of artists and designers like Otobong Nkanga, Katie Paterson, Norman Long, Fereshteh Toosi, and others to investigate multisensory making for a changing planet. Weekly readings/listenings, written responses, student-led presentations, critique and discussion will contextualize our creative experiments toward the development of three, multi-part studio projects. Keywords:studio art, art, multimedia, sound, ecology