In response to COVID-19, the Flint Institute of Arts is temporarily closed.

Learn More
Winter/Summer Comes

Christine Federighi

American, 1949 - 2006

Winter/Summer Comes, 2002

  • On View

Stoneware

Dimensions: 67 × 9 × 9 in. (170.2 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm)

Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2016.35

Growing up in the Northwest, Christine Federighi was influenced by nature and Native American art. Drawing on these early influences, she is known for wrapping her life-size ceramic figures in an environment, in this case, rocky landscape, houses, a tree, and birds. According to the artist, "The image or symbol of a figure and house have been constant to my ideas. Very often these images have inscriptions or carvings that wrap the surface and further narrate their symbolism. I have allowed symbols to freely develop and become part of my body of work [...]. I've come to feel that we all have personal symbols or images that we consciously or unconsciously use for any variety of reasons. We can choose to investigate those reasons and make them specific or allow the symbols to freely assemble and become visual arrangements that are ambiguous or enigmatic - something that I prefer to have happen." Federighi received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.

Image Permissions

Explore Related Objects


Lion Dog, late 19th century, Meiji Period
Japanese

Stoneware
1981.30


Bowl: Myriad Butterflies, early 20th century
Japanese

Stoneware (satsuma ware) with gold and colored enamel detail
1981.43


I-Hsing Ware Teapot, n.d.
Chinese

Reddish brown stoneware
1983.46


Brush Washer: Crab, 19th century, Qing Dynasty
Chinese

Glazed stoneware
1982.331


Louwelsa Vase (decorated with cherries motif), n.d.
Weller Pottery

Stoneware
1981.144


Untitled (Rat with Cookie), 1977
Craig Hinshaw

Stained and lustered stoneware
1977.9


Vase Kraft (Double-handled vase), after 1909
Fulper Pottery

Stoneware
1981.70