Born in Oakland California, Christopher Fortin is an artist and teacher working in the SF Bay Area. Fortin’s work often explores the relationships between surface, scale, and form, often constructing dynamic narratives for his sculptures. Each of his forms exhibit signs of hardship and degradation, creating the appearance of a long, rich history. His love of the outdoor and nature is a constant source of inspiration to him and most of his work explore the intersection between humans and their impact on the environment. In 2011, Fortin received his Bachelors of Arts from Humboldt State University, and his Masters of Fine Arts from State University of New York, New Paltz in 2014. Fortin teaches ceramics in walnut creek and workshops throughout the bay area.
Fortin is a member the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California (ACGA)
Time is a never-ending force, indifferent and inevitable. As it passes, we are left with only the memories of what once was, and the subtle signs of what is soon to change. As days, weeks, months and years make their march forward, the natural world around us changes with evidence of decomposition and degradation. Every scar acts as a manifestation of this inevitable evolutionary process, becoming beautiful in its own right. These signs of change surround us. Life and death will pass and we are left feeling vulnerable. It is this tenuous ephemeral existence that I explore, and how the knowledge or lack thereof impacts the world and lives around us.
A love for nature was instilled in me at a very young age. I saw for myself how the intersection between humans and the natural world could have great consequences. By using the human figure and textures inspired by the world around me, I explore our fragile nuanced web of interconnectedness. I use subtle markings to evoke this sense of fragility and a long rich history of life. My figures depict a variety of ages, sexes and ethnicities representing the vastness and richness of humanity. We are all unique and we are all the same. One decision can impact all of us for better or for worse.