Irene Christensen divides her time producing work in her studios in New York City, Oslo, Norway, and for one month each year, in Costa Rica. She has exhibited in both Europe and the United States since 1983. Her art has been shown in many museums such as Galeria Nacional (Costa Rica), Norsk Skogs Museum (Norway), Norwegische Tage (Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany), EFTA (Brussels, Belgium), Bergen Museum (New Jersey, USA), Paterson Museum (NJ, USA), Noyes Museum (NJ, USA), Newark Museum (NJ, USA), as well as at many additional art centers and galleries in places such as Brazil, Israel and Argentina. During the Venice Biennial 2017 she exhibited an installation of 9 accordion books at Palazzo Mora.
Christensen was on the Board of Directors of AIRIE (Artists in Residence in Everglades), in 2002 after her residency. She has exhibited at the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center with exhibitions Everglades through the Eyes of an Artist – Art created in the Everglades and Everglades in Mind. In 2008, she exhibited art inspired by the Everglades, with Charles Meyers, at Galleria Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. A Sense of Place: paintings on paper & accordion books.
During the summer of 2014, she co-curated a traveling exhibition of AIRIE fellows to Norway and the USA called the Suitcase Show with the AIRIE founder, Donna Marxer. On view from August 27th-September 7th, 2014, the exhibition included 28 USA-based AIRIE artists in Oslo, Norway. In 2015 the exhibition travelled to the Tahawus Center for the Arts in the Adirondacks, New York, to the Puffin Foundation in New Jersey, and back to the Ernest F. Coe Visitors Center in early 2016.
Christensen’s paintings are made with traditional oil techniques, as well as mixed media on canvas or paper. She also makes installations of box art, and has made over 50 artists books, referred to as “accordion books” or “concertina paintings.” One of her artist books, Everglades in Mind, is now in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Christensen has received many honorariums and awards both in Europe and the USA, and is represented in many museums and personal collections on both sides of the Atlantic.
Everglades is a living museum. A place where all our futures can be referred to, as to where we came from, who we are.
– Irene Christensen