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EXITIUM (On the Edge of Destruction)

Surpik Angelini and the Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology in Houston, Texas, are delighted to present EXITIUM (On the Edge of Destruction), a solo exhibition by María Cristina Jadick.

Artist Statement

Through my work I feel compelled to build bridges that connect people. My art’s main purpose is to evoke compassion while creating a space for dialogue. The conceptual art I make is multidisciplinary in approach; integrating combinations of bricolage, photography, video, printmaking, performance, and installation. It reflects an authentic rather than a traditional beauty aesthetic. My research into particular events uncovers commonalities in human experience and this material helps inform and motivate the art I create with thought provoking perspectives on issues of global concern. Issues such as: cultural identity, social justice, war, displacement, natural disaster and climate change.


EXITIUM, by Surpik Angelini, March 2019


María Cristina "Cristy" Jadick
b. 1957, Pittsfield, MA, USA

Exploring cultural identity the human spirit and socio-political themes, multi-disciplinary artist Maria Cristina "Cristy" Jadick incorporates photography, video, printmaking and performance in what results in compelling, conceptually based projects. Incorporating found objects and bricolage into her work, Jadick further connects her viewers to a sense of place. Her projects range from large, mixed-media, photo-lithographic prints on paper and canvas to sizable, performative, interactive tableau that integrate photographs, video and sewn, painted, baked and printed elements.

Jadick earned her B.A. from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and pursued Art & Social Sciences studies at the Transart Foundation-Houston, TX (with Surpik Angelini and Abdel Hernandez,) The Glassell School-MFA Houston, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, and The Johns Hopkins University- Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

Her artistic career spans over 25 years, with exhibitions at the Fotofest Biennial, Bronx Latino Art Biennial, Museums in the USA, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil, at numerous galleries, alternative spaces, public spaces and corporations.

Jadick has received several prestigious artist development grants from Creative Capital (NYC) and DiverseWorks where she served on the Artist Board from 2013-2014. Jadick lives in Houston, TX with her husband and 2 sons.