ARTIST + FILMMAKER
Cristen Leifheit earned her BFA in photography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has expanded her knowledge of the single photographic image to create highly crafted image sequences. Her films have been screened in various galleries and festivals across the US and Europe. The videos emphasize bugs and animals as characters and themes that include paranoia, the cyclical, and survival. Cristen’s recent work has expanded to include technology’s role in the interruption of natural cycles and the transformation of the physical landscape. The medium of stop motion creates a surreal and transformative quality of the work that often falls between the state of narrative film and experimental moving image.