Artist Bio: Christy Lorio, a Louisiana native, primarily examines concepts of loss, identity, and chronic illness, while also exploring the feeling of being at home in one’s body, through photography and writing. Lorio won the Society for Photographic Education’s South Central Caucus 2021 Conference Award, second place in Auburn Art Gallery’s “Landscapes” exhibition, and was a finalist in New Delta Review’s 2020-21 Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Photography. She was chosen as an Eddie Adams Workshop XXIV participant. She was also selected as a Fellow for the 2021 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, hosted by the Piper Center at Arizona State University, where she presented on “Writing About Illness.”
Her artwork centers around living with stage IV rectal cancer, the same cancer her father died from when she was 21 years old. His life, and subsequent early death, largely factor into the work, as does Barataria Preserve, the swampy area in Jean Lafitte where Lorio grew up. Self-portraits and landscapes comprise the bulk of the visual imagery she creates.
Christy’s work has been selected and exhibited during two photography festivals: Photo NOLA and Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Other exhibitions include Louisiana Tech’s Louisiana Biennial Gallery (Ruston, LA) Auburn Art Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Millepiani Exhibition Space (Rome, Italy) and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans, LA). Christy’s photography has also been published in Vice News, In These Times, and Analog Forever, among other places. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans.
Artist Statement: My work is a combination of digital and analog photography, old family photos, altered medical imaging, and familial objects. I utilize these materials and mediums to explore and reflect on the environment I grew up in. I contemplate the way my relationship with the land has evolved due to the death of my father to cancer, as well as my own cancer diagnosis. I respond to both my inner and outer landscapes, in response and reaction to my disease, which is contained inside myself, a darkness only revealed through medical scans.
Faculty Note: Christy Lorio was admitted, and enrolled, as an MFA Fine Arts student starting in the fall of 2020. Lorio sent this document, here in abridged form, via email on April 19, 2022, to the faculty of The University of New Orleans Fine Arts Department for Candidacy. She passed this benchmark in the second year of the three-year program and continued to pursue the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art at UNO until the time she passed in November, 2022.