Christopher Frost began his education at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and continued his studies at Parsons Paris School of Art and Design. Frost received his master's degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His sculptures have been exhibited and collected in museums and institutions throughout the New England area. Frost lives and works in Somerville, Mass.
I've been captivated by Chinese Scholars' Rocks since my first encounter at a restaurant in upstate New York. I'm mesmerized by the form and fascinated by the relationship of stone to base. Conceptually, the pieces are meant to be reflective of nature: a pure, perfect nature. This, too, I find appealing.
I was fortunate to receive a travel grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to visit collections of Scholars' Rocks in China. I traveled from Shanghai to Nanjing, searching for subtle contrasts between these traditional forms and the contemporary society, but what I experienced was anything but subtle. Though these stones speak in a quiet, contemplative way, they often exist and are surrounded by the explosive sounds, smells, colors, and movements of modern-day China. The sculptures created in response to my travels serve as an investigation of history, material, imagery and form. Natural concepts of simplistic form and balance are contrasted with characteristics of the contemporary urban setting: color and line of signage, advertising and anime; materials mimicking endless construction and architecture; and a vibrant aesthetic mirroring civic activity and pace. Like Scholars' Rocks, the works are a reflection of nature, but a "nature" of the dynamic culture I encountered. With a myriad of materials, colors and concepts clashing together, these pieces are the ancient and the contemporary bumping and bursting, mashed into one.