Christine Tarkowski

Art in America September 11, 2010

Photo: View of Christine Tarkowski’s installation The Things Which So Nearly Concern Our Temporal Salvation, 2010, screenprint on cardboard, bamboo, hardware and rope; at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Christine Tarkowski set out to construct her own system of belief in “Last Things Will Be First and First Things Will Be Last,” the 42-year-old’s largest, most ambitious exhibition to date. Prompted by an encounter with an Amish woman whose attempts to convert the artist to Christianity failed, Tarkowski began her quest to understand the steadfast doctrines that guide those who have faith. That search led to the works on view-encompassing installation, sculpture, prints and an audio recording-which are connected by themes of journey, conquest and salvation.

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