Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American artist and writer. Blending punk rock, queer counterculture, mental inadequacies, social justice, and occasional perverted bathroom humor- Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her obsession with making art [and her emotions] publicly accessible began when publishing GREEN'ZINE in 1997- a fanzine which was originally devoted to the punk rock group, Green Day. The exclusivity of high art made her uncomfortable, as she fell in love with the xerox machine and the anti-authoritariun intentions of the punk rock community. Eventually, the zine transformed into a manifesto about being a hyper-sexual, queer, Latina, abuse survivor, and her journey towards self-acceptance. Her preferred mediums are Micron Ink pens, Sharpies, Chartpak markers, acrylic paint, and Photoshop. Today Road works as a freelance illustraor, aside from her personal goals in publishing. Taking both writing and visual elements a step more seriously, her visual diagram of lifestyles and beliefs remain in tune to the zine’s foundations.
C. Road graduated from The Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004, (despite many arguments about the representation of race and gender in art). Afterall, she spent most of 2000-2005 investing in political organizing and zine publishing, in various locations throughout the U.S. Since leaving Florida, her repertoire now consists of over ten years of independent publishing, and countless illustrations for a broad slew of magazines, record album art, concert posters, and social justice organizations. Aside from creating art; Road has been performing lectures and instructional workshops surrounding her work and identity in hundreds of settings ranging between The Portland Zine Symposium, The Latina Health Summit, Duke University, and New College of South Florida. Additionally, Road has been performing as part of SISTER SPIT: The Next Generation , an all-queer spoken word road-show.
In early 2006, Road released her first illustrated story, INDESTRUCTIBLE (Microcosm Publishing). It’s a 96-page narrative about her experience as a teenager in Miami, Florida; where Road tackles the themes of being Latina, class, gender dynamics between teens, sexuality, depression, and death; all beneath the topical umbrella of being a queer punk rocker in the mid-90‘s. In 2007 she completed a collection of postcards featuring art from 2001-2007, entitled DISTANCE MAKES THE HEART GROW SICK (Microcosm Publishing). In 2008, Road released BAD HABITS (Soft Skull Press), an Illustrated story about the revelatory and destructive routes one takes when healing from an abusive relationship; in order to reconnect to self. Through a slightly fictionalized autobiographical narrative, Road's protagonist tackles the concepts of reconnecting to her sex organs, stimulant drugs and manic depression, and her psychic connections to the well-being of New York City. Road just released SPIT AND PASSION (Feminist Press), a graphic novel about surviving the pre-teen closet and maintaining her Cuban cultural roots amidst a homophobic society and a newfound love for Green Day. She's currently working on a TAROT CARD DECK with author, Michelle Tea, and her punk rock band THE HOMEWRECKERS. She is a double Gemini and hibernates in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, Miss Chippy.
SPARKS TO A FLAME: SPREAD ANTHOLOGY ART SHOW
February 15- March 21
@ Dixon Place, 161 Chrystie St., New York, NY
A launch party and art show to celebrate the release of $pread: The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Kickstarted a Media Revolution. Art exhibit featuring former and current sex workers, and $pread participating artists, will run through March.
QUEERS AND COMICS LGBT CARTOONISTS CONFERENCE
May 7th-8th 2015
@Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, NY
Queers & Comics Conference celebrates, explores and analyzes queer cartoonists and their work. The Queers & Comics Conference will offer two days of panels, workshops, portfolio reviews, and slideshow presentations, as well as an exhibition of queer cartoon art. Ill be participating in the Queer characters of Color Panel, and Memoir: Discovering Queer Identities panel. For more details, please visit http://www.clags.org/queers-comics/