Originally from the rural Delmarva Peninsula on the mid-Atlantic coast, Christopher attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, before moving to New York City, where he lived and worked for a decade. He graduated from the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts (NYC) in 2002.
Christopher spent much of his childhood outdoors. Whether working alongside his father at field chores, hunting, fishing, or simply playing, he found many of his experiences in the “”natural”” world similar to those of Lewis Carroll’s Alice; Carroll’s premise, that “”things get curiouser and curiouser,”” guided Christopher through many an outdoor adventure. As an adult, his love of the outdoors evolved into a fascination with natural history, conservation, and ecology, and his visual art and writing projects wrestle with contemporary constructions of nature, and the human relationship to nonhuman animal species.
Christopher’s visual art has been widely exhibited in the United States, and his work has been written about in numerous print and online publications. He has also contributed art criticism to print and online journals, and his essays and short-form pieces about art and natural history are published in books, art and culture magazines, and online journals, as well as on his now-retired blog, Hungry Hyaena (2005-2014). In 2011, Christopher cofounded BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions), a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring contemporary topics through the juxtaposition of art and science.
Christopher lives in Northern California with his wife and two young sons.
While in residency, Reiger spent time hiking/exploring, undertaking Everglades research, photography, writing, painting and drawing studies. He presented a lecture on art and ecology to a visiting Florida International University class, and joined them on an off-trail slough slog through Pa-Hay-Okee.
The mid-Atlantic wetlands are my home ground. Although I’ve traveled to a range of ecosystems in many countries, I’m intimately tied to the ecology of my youth. The sawgrass marshes and swamps of the Everglades are a subtropical version of Virginia’s wetlands, and I was eager to become better acquainted with the ecosystem.
The AIRIE residence experience was first-rate. It granted me space and time for research and creative gestation, as well as unparalleled access to the Everglades. I consider myself most fortunate to have been selected as a participant.
– Christopher Reiger