MEET THE ARTIST: Christi Birchfield

Name:  Christi Birchfield

Born:  1983, Cleveland

Lives and works: Cleveland

In the region:
I grew up on the west side of Cleveland.  I attended college at the Cleveland Institute of Art where I received by BFA in Printmaking.

What is your favorite material to work with? Why?
I like to use printmaking as a way to explore controlled and accidental mark-making. The uncontrolled marks serve as a starting point, which I then respond to through additional actions. Printmaking creates many variables between the application of material to a surface and the result of that application.

What is your favorite tool in the studio?
My sod roller.

Favorite place in the region?
Edgewater Park is my favorite beach in Cleveland. Looking east there’s the downtown skyline, west is Lakewood and the sunset.  The color of the lake is different everyday. In the winter, the frozen lake is silent and mysterious.

What risks have you taken to work as an artist?
I decided to move out of NYC after living there for a few years.  NYC seems like the ideal setting for any artist—lots of opportunities to exhibit, great artists living and working in the city, etc. I was interested in being in a city that was more affordable. I left for my work and I’m glad I took the risk to leave a place I had worked to live in for so long. Cleveland is an amazing city to be an artist.  We have so much affordable space and such a strong community of people doing interesting things.  

Share some artists, authors, or texts that have influenced your thinking:

Artists: Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Lee Bontecou

Texts: Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection by Julia Kristeva; Flannery O’Connor short stories

Film: Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski


YouTube recommendation?

“In being told a joke, we undergo a particular experience of duration through repetition and disgression, of time literally being stretched out like an elastic band. We know that the elastic will snap, we just do not know when, and we find that anticipation rather pleasurable”

–Simon Critchley, On Humor

Watch Christi's top three YouTube picks on this playlist:


Music in the studio?



This summer:

On June 27 we celebrated the Grand Opening of Ink House: Zygote Press’s Edition Printmaking Studio article: Innovative centers for fiber art, ceramics and printmaking opening in Collinwood (photos) 


What are you excited for this summer?

How to Remain Human! Establishing Ink House in the Waterloo Arts District. Preparing for a 5-week printmaking residency at the Graffikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany as part of an international exchange through Zygote Press.




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