Christiana Odum is a multi-disciplinary artist who draws inspiration from human experiences and emotional connections. Her work reflects themes of mental health, self-love, and empathy. Christiana lives in Nashville, TN, where she nurtures a prolific painting practice from her home-based studio.
After surviving a tornado in March 2020, Odum pushed her style in an abstract direction to cope with trauma and feelings of isolation during the global COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2021, she began working from a private art studio, where one month later, she lost the building and hundreds of original paintings to severe flooding. Only a few paintings, held in the artist's private home collection at the time, survived.
Odum is currently rebuilding a body of work and plans to release a new collection in October 2021.
Drawing inspiration from lived experiences and emotionally driven memories, my paintings are a reflection of self-acceptance. My process relies heavily on my intuition and sense of presence. Vibrant colors and expressive layers are tools for releasing my body's emotional energy and transforming it into something beautiful on canvas. Bits of each layer peek through the next, portraying a complex history that harmoniously forms the final painting.
My work is representative of life's fluidity. Human experiences, both tragic and sublime, leave their mark and inform who we become. I'm amazed by the resilience of the human spirit and inspired by people who overcome adversity. My paintings represent a rich history of experiences and invite the viewer to pause for a moment of self-reflection.
The Create! Gallery - Inner Power - Group Exhibition - July 2021 (online)
Germantown Art Crawl - February 2020 (Nashville, TN)
Gallery 30 South - Coaster Show - Group Exhibition - October 2019 (Pasadena, CA)
Creative Mornings - Amusement Park - Group Exhibition - September 2019 (Nashville, TN)
Bits & Pieces - September 2018 (Nashville, TN)