Christina Lilly was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1995. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina from 2013-2018, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston. She studied English literature, creative writing, and art history, often combining these interests in her academic work however she could. This led her to an internship at the College’s Special Collections in 2015, which in turn sparked an unexpected interest in bookbinding. After a brief apprenticeship at the Charleston Library Society’s bindery in 2015, she began working there officially in 2016 as a bindery assistant. In 2017, she received her BA from the College of Charleston, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in Art History and English and with two minors, creative writing and film photography. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Christina's artistic work is ephemeral, overly gentle, even fragile and unsure. Much of it is understated and small. Always she seeks to find balance, to use the tension in her writing to spark new understanding of herself and the world around her. Her artists' books are vessels for all of her conflicting desires, interests, and intentions. Contrasting desires to be closer to people and to stand on her own, contrasting fears of being alone and of losing herself in someone else. Her delight in the past and her life in the present tense. They are books with an identity crisis in themselves. She is fond of paper weaving as both motif and theme in her books and prints. She is inspired by Anni Albers, and a forthcoming artists' book is dedicated entirely to her and her work. She is also inspired by medieval literature and art history, having studied both in pursuit of her undergraduate degree. All of her work is informed by her academic background and her roots in creative writing. She feels most secure at her writing desk, but the work bench of a bindery is where she feels most fulfilled. It has been the challenge of a lifetime to step out of her comfort zone and into the world of artists' books, but she is looking forward to many more creative projects in the future.