Christina Lilly was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina from 2013-2018. During this time she received her BA from the College of Charleston, graduating magna cum laude. She had two majors, one in English Literature with a creative writing concentration and one in Art History, plus a minor in Studio Art with a film photography concentration. Starting in 2016 she worked as a bindery assistant at the Charleston Library Society; this is where she found her love of book making. She stayed at the Library Society until 2018, when she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to pursue her MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She was the 2021 Resident Artist at Small Craft Advisory Press in Tallahassee, Florida, where she taught bookbinding for FSU’s printmaking department and produced her thesis project, Somniphobia. She graduated from the University of Alabama in the summer of 2021.
Christina's artistic work is ephemeral, overly gentle, even fragile and unsure. It is a search for balance, a meditation on the lack of balance, often using tension in her writing to spark new understanding of herself and the world around her. Her artists' books are vessels for voices, connections—or perhaps for the loss of both. She is fond of paper weaving as both motif and theme in her books and prints. Her work is informed by her academic background in literature and art history, and by her roots in creative writing.