DALHOUSIE ART GALLERY // Christine Sciulli: Breath of the Sea

Commissioned to create a new work for Atmospheric Events, Christine Sciulli has created Breath of the Sea, a site-specific 10-channel video installation. In this work, volumes of bunched and gathered translucent tulle are suspended from the ceiling of the High Gallery and cascade down and around the architectural features in the space. Kinetic arcs and circles of white light are projected into the undulating contours of the suspended tulle in an ebb and flow of line, shape, and luminosity, evocative of the slow pull and pulse of the ocean’s rhythms.

Sciulli writes about her work:

Light can be voluminously fierce, subtly ethereal, and deftly determined. Its ability to envelop us humans is primal, transcending language and culture. From my earliest memories catching light has been my main preoccupation.
Breath of the Sea
The pull and pulse of our oceans is the foundation of the rhythms I have incorporated into this silent 10 channel site specific projection installation.  As arcs and circles of white light swell and ebb across tumbles of fabric reaching through the Dalhousie gallery, visitors are invited to linger awash in shadow five meters beneath the alternating sweeping torrents and lingering drifts of the leading edges of radial waves of light as well as nest within the portals of the Dalhousie’s mezzanine windows for an intimate experience of the work.

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Christine Sciulli

Christine Sciulli is a visual artist whose primary medium is projected light. “Her work consists of intersections of the geometry and an intuitive sense of how to use everyday materials to give a sense of “spatialisation” – she plays with how we perceive the world around us in a way that leaves you with a kind of eerie sense of timelessness.”(Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky)

Sciulli’s ROIL was shown at Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon Gallery in early 2016 and it was awarded a Lighting Award (UK) and Lumen Citation from the Illuminating Engineering Society. Her work was included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. Her projection installations have been shown in numerous galleries and museums including the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Parrish Art Museum, Islip Art Museum, South Fork Museum of Natural History, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, Edward Hopper House Art Center and Smithsonian Affiliate Annmarie Gardens, as well as in International light and music festivals. She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant for her public art project Intercepting Planes X. Christine was commissioned by the Global Poverty Project to create her installation, Expanding Circles, projected onto 2,500 people, for the 2013 Global Citizen Festival. Sciulli will have a solo show at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY in February 2019, and will be part of Responsive, a light festival in Halifax, Canada.
Sciulli’s theatrical credits include light-video artist for the Mabou Mines Gantry Plaza State Park waterfront production of, “Song for New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting”, directed by Ruth Maleczech (“…a distinctly urban feel, magnified by a glittering lighting design by Christine Sciulli, a video installation artist.” Melana Ryzik, New York Times) and participated in their Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Residency at White Oak. She has worked with Phantom Limb in residence at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center and Mass MoCA. Her video-electroacoustic collaborations with composer Doug Geers have been shown widely at European and American festivals including the 2013 VIDEOAKT International Video Art Biennial, Barcelona and Listening in the Sound Kitchen, Princeton University, 2001. She was a finalist for Ridge Flats, a 2013 Philadelphia Percent for Art commission and was the recipient of an International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit for the Rodin Pavilion in Seoul.

Christine Sciulli holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University, graduating as a Besal Scholar, as well as BFA and MFA degrees in Combined Media from Hunter College, where she was awarded the Esther Fish Perry Award, BFA merit award, and the Leutz/Reidel Travel Grant.christinesciulli.net

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