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Christine Shank


Untitled, from the series Nightscapes


Growing up in the Midwest my most vivid, loving, destructive, obstinate, memorable, and important moments occurred against the backdrop of the night sky. I remember in school learning the scientific explanations of the stars while at the same time being told the Greek myths the constellations were derived from. For me myth and knowledge will always be intertwined within the mysterious night sky.

What I enjoy most about a photograph is when, much like a memory, it is untrustworthy, inaccurate and strays from what is assumed. I am drawn to a photograph’s facility to mislead and allow the viewer’s own associations to consume the image. In this series I am constructing photographs that are mysterious and alluring and are not what they appear to be. The materials used to make the images range from drug store candies to common household cleaning products. These materials interest me because of what they become through the process of constructing an image.


9.5x11" image on 11x14" paper


Durst Lambda print

Edition Size




To Benefit

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.  RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure rapists are brought to justice. I chose RAINN because of recent misstatements by politicians about the life-altering nature of rape.

Christine's Pledge

100% of print sales. $1000 total if the edition sells out.


Christine Shank is an artist that works predominantly in photography and is interested in exploring the narrative quality in a single image and through relating images in a series. Her work is concerned with ideas of loss, isolation, intimacy, storytelling and the implication of place. She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States since 1998. Her work has received funding through NYFA, The Midwest Center for Photography and The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Shank has participated in the Booksmart Residency, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Residency and Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency Program. Her artwork is in the collection of the Harry Ransom Center and the William Benton Museum of Art as well as several private collections.  Christine Shank currently lives in Rochester NY where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.