Cristina Ossers, b. 1993 and raised in Whitewater, WI, is a multimedia artist. Her work primarily utilizes photography and video to document the human condition— its continuum, and its relationship to one’s identity. She often digitally distorts, and crops her images in order to temporarily dissociate from her, and/or her subjects’, physical characteristics. The camera is also a vehicle to play, study, and emphasis body language; as well as a means to insert counternarratives into the mass media.
She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her process is heavily influenced by the interactive art she studied and produced during this time. In 2014, she studied in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Art for one semester. This was her first formal introduction to photography. Here she learned darkroom techniques, as well the cyanotype printing process that she continues to use today.
After college, Cristina participated in a year long mentorship through the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN). Shortly after the mentorship, she began an internship at Var Gallery and Studios, where she is currently a digital content manager/gallery assistant. During the fall and spring seasons, she also leads a Multimedia Storytelling Internship for Teenagers at Walker's Point Center of the Arts (WPCA), in partnership with ArtWorks for Milwaukee. In 2016 she launched Doc My Art, a Milwaukee based photo and video freelance service/online archive of artwork, exhibitions, and performances by local artists.