Christiane Shillito | Disassemble, Reassemble

Christiane Shillito | Disassemble, Reassemble

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Disassemble, Reassemble 
12x16", ink and charcoal on Mi-Teintes paper mounted to cradled wood panel  $450

Christiane Shillito (she/they) is a British artist and illustrator based out of Portland, OR. As a fetish, avant-garde and nude art model under the stage name Ulorin Vex, Christiane was heavily involved in the London and European fetish scenes in the early 2000s, and then later relocated to Los Angeles, CA. After modeling and performing professionally for over 15 years she decided it was time to redirect her creative energy towards artwork.

Many of Christiane’s models are sex-workers or adjacent artists and performers who she met through modeling. She draws inspiration from her experiences as a model and strongly supports of body positivity, sex positivity and destigmatizing sex work.

Christiane paints fierce assertive women and/or gender variant characters with a dark psychedelic or erotic surreal edge, often using occult and body horror metaphors with a focus on themes of identity and sexuality, processing trauma, transformation and neurodivergence. Her artwork is also heavily inspired by retro sci-fi and fantasy art, erotica, mythology/folklore, natural history and early 20th century poster illustrations. Much of what Christiane Shillito creates is deeply personal and often cathartic, reflecting an amalgamation of her interests, personal experiences, emotions and dreams.