"I spent the first ten years of my professional life restoring antiques and art objects. The first step in art restoration is to carefully clean the object, to excavate its history through the layers of dirt, damage and use.
In the Plasy Monastery I swept and washed the ceramic floor of the granary where I was working. It was through the activity of sweeping that I was inspired to concentrate on the flagstones of the floor by grouting the stones with spices; I created a pattern based on generations of wear. By using spices, I could change the experience of the space, without interrupting the light, the silence or the symmetry of the building's architecture."
Christina La Sala
"5 kilos of curry or sweet paprika powder were used as materials. The scent penetrated the entire space of the granary."
Christina La Sala is a multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited her work both nationally and abroad. Christina was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in San Francisco. She received her BFA from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University Philadelphia, PA and MFA from The San Francisco Art Institute. She was an artist in residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito California; The Hermit Foundation Plasy Czech Republic; Elsewhere Greensboro, North Carolina; The Center for Art and Urbanistics, Berlin, Germany; Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA; and in others.
La Sala has worked for a variety of arts organizations including her position as curator for Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia; The Walter and McBean Gallery at SFAI; The Mexican Museum, San Francisco Programming Committee; The LAB, San Francisco; President of the Board of Directors at The Lab; programmer and board member at Mediate Art Group.
La Sala divides her exhibition time between gallery work, film, and theater design.