Meeting the Spirit of Photography, 2007

Christian French

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Shelton


Meeting the Spirit of Photography is part of Christian French's "Altrove" series. He created the series during a 2007 residency at Elsewhere, a former thrift store in Greensboro, North Carolina. He notes, "I couldn't find any good sunlight indoors, so I gathered shiny and reflective things. Pretending I was a Director, I staged an opera about a spool of thread and it's adventures and encounters."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Pioneer School District.


Christian French is a Seattle-based artist who creates photographs and mixed-media installations. His subject matter is often staged from found materials and thrift store finds. He has served as a member of SOIL artist collective, a board member of Allied Arts, executive director of ArtSpace Seattle, and as an artist-in-residence for Sound Transit.

MediumDigital C print on paper
Dimensions20 in x 24 in
ID NumberWSAC2020.028.016
Acquisition MethodCurated Selection
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPioneer School District
Artwork LocationPioneer Elementary School
Red hallway
WA CountyMason
Site TypePublic School
Address110 East Spencer Lake Road
Shelton, WA 98584
Geo. Coordinates47.258380 | -123.000810
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