Ever So Sweetly

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Ever So Sweetly, installation, 300 lbs. of cast sugar, 2002

Christine Buckton Tillman grew up Chicago's Northern Suburbs. It was in this endless network of suburbs that she developed her sincere fascination with artifice. Christine went on to spend seven years in the great state of Iowa, earning her BA from Coe College and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She adopted two cats, fell in love with a nice boy, moved to Maryland, and got married.

Christine Buckton Tillman now lives in Baltimore. She exhibits her work frequently
in the Mid Atlantic and beyond. She is a member of the Upper School Faculty at the Park School of Baltimore, where she also serves as Exhibitions Educator.

"The work I make draws from my collection of images and objects in which I see an inner dichotomy-objects that are at the same time happy and sad, full of joy, and utterly hollow. These objects lose something in translation, the phenomena of a rainbow becomes trite and cliché on the cover of a notebook. I am particularly interested in objects who's meanings confuse their intended purpose, the bride and groom cake
topper who's lips are painted askew, the fake wood of wood grain contact paper."

"I want my work to transform my collection, making things transcend the world of leftovers and craft store while simultaneously embracing and questioning the ideas of cute, fun, festive, and romantic."

Christine Buckton's website

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on December 27, 2006

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