I have always viewed my photography degree as open to any interpretation that I can conceive of it. My image making became more about internal and subconscious concepts. I create digital photomontages and then print the images on archival paper or metal. They are my human wundrian/wondering about the stars, the Earth and our universe. They are how I concept the mystery of our existence.
In 1994, I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. I began a career as a fine art photographer. My images were created in the darkroom on silver paper that were then hand colored. I was engaged for years with a major gallery ( Katie Gingrass ) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There have been other galleries too in Florida, Georgia and Door Country, Wisconsin. I have had two photographs published in American Photography 11 in 1995. Several of my images are in the permanent collection at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin (RAM) and The Golden Key National Honor Society in Atlanta Georgia.I was invited to have a solo show at Concordia University in Wisconsin. I have received many awards and critique acknowledgements from those prints produced from my darkroom experiences. As it became apparent that the darkroom was becoming obsolete because of digital photography, and materials for that work became harder to obtain, I made a big change. Approximately 6 years ago (2013), I became involved in the world of Mobile Photography. This new art form uses the contemporary tools of a smartphone as the camera, a tablet and applications. Essentially it equates to creating images in the digital form of photography. However, we are not allowed the sophisticated tools of Photoshop, computers, laptops or professional cameras. It took me time to explore and learn how to use the applications and create a new style. My darkroom work had focused on mundane, minimalistic objects. As I continued to develop my digital images, I began to see some definite influences of the original three books written by Raymond A. Moody which focused on life after life. I am also a registered nurse and I read his books and saw him lecture and found him to be compelling, and brilliant. Thus began my human questioning about our full circle of existence. It may take on many forms within my artwork. However, it always returns to that powerful root of those books. There are a multitude of artists that have affected my work. I shall name five that come forward immediately. The Starn Twins, Duane Michals, Paul Gauguin, and a contemporary fellow Mobile artist, Eliza Tsitsimeaua-Badoiu of Romania have, in retrospect, affected my imagery. Eliza’s work incorporates, what I shall describe as, ghost images. When I became familiar with her work, it resonates with what I feel internally about my imagery. With the advent of social media, and the new global world, my mobile art groups are scattered throughout the globe. I have been able to have physical work shown in Florence, and Sardinia, and Milan, Italy. I was invited by Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review, to have images included in his Web Gallery. I have acquired many global friends through our social networking. We have constant digital art challenges and galleries that we participate in.
2020 – 14thJulia Margaret Cameron Award Exhibition. Gallery. Fotonostrum. Barcelona. Spain. (Image in Excelsis). 2019 – Transformations. Video-Projection. The Pennsylvania Center For Photography. Doylestown. Pennsylvania. In Excelsis. 2019 – Participant in FIG Bilbao. Spain International Print Art Works on Paper Festival. Represented by Art Concept Alternative. Vero Beach. Florida. 2019 – The 14thJulia Cameron Awards: Non-Professional Section. Category Digital Manipulation & Collage. Honorable Mention. Series: in Excelsis. 2019 – Des Arts et Des Mobiles. Video Projection. What Was She Really Thinking. Paris. France. 2019 – 13thPollux Award. Non-professional Section. Winner Series. Alternative Processes Category. The Wind North. The Wind South. The Wind Neptune. 2019 – The Beauty Myth. Hair Out of Place And So Was She. The Whitelight Gallery. Milan. Italy 2018 – The 11thJulia Margaret Cameron Awards. Runner Up Category. Alternative Processes. Digital Manipulation and Collage. Honorable Mention. Category Fine Art. 2018 – Mobile Art From All Over The World. Cagliari. Sardinia. Italy. Untitled Image. 2017 – Dairy Art Center. Boulder Colorado. Impossible Humans International. Collection: “Yes This Is Me” 2017 – TheAppWhisperer.com: Flickr Group Showcases: A Day in The Life Of. Christine O. Sobczak. Mobilephotoawards.com (annual contest). Honorable Mentions: 2018 – Visual Fix: What Was She Really Thinking 2017 – The Blues Table. Imprint. Magnetic Flux 2016 – Still Life. “Juice”. Visual FX. “She Is A Warrior”. Pink Pop. 2015 – Visual FX. “Vestal Virgin” 2014 – Digital Fine Art. “Cosmic Water Gold Tether” New Era Museum (online digital museum): 2015 – FIPA Award (Florence International Photography Award). “Between Heaven And Earth”