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Artist Christa Donner presenting her work in Chicago

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January 07, 2019

Christa Donner: Use your imagination well and make friends with insects

In an era when news about the environment seems prevailingly bad, artist Christa Donner ’98 feels obligated to think like an optimist.

Donner carries concerns about parenthood, social systems, and the ecological health of the planet into her Chicago studio to fuel her drawing practice. Sometimes her work looks like marks on paper, sometimes like sculpture or installation. Sometimes the work is a zine, or beautiful shadows cast by projecting light through painstakingly cut paper forms.

The one constant: The work is enlivened by big questions of how to create a better world.

“Artists and designers have the power to shape public imagination,” says Donner, who was a visiting artist at CIA in October. “If I have creative tools...

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