Christalena Hughmanick is an artist making textiles and sculptural installations that become activated by public performance. In recent works she has inhabited the roles of archivist, manual laborer, expert lecturer, archeologist and spiritual medium as a way of investigating relationships of producer to consumer and artist to viewer. Motivating her practice is a search for personal identity through mysticism and hand making in order to compact a viewers notion of time. Previous exhibition sites include Faur Szofi in Budapest Hungary, Fernwey and Document Gallery in Chicago IL. She is currently a Lecturer in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem in Budapest, Hungary. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year, an Individual Assistance Grant from the US Department of State and a Grainger Marburg Travel Scholarship. She is currently carrying out a social practice project in Hungary that examines individual notions of freedom and democracy through collective quilt making and skill sharing. 

christalena.hughmanick@gmail.com