Rooted in animation, Cristen coalesces time-lapse, stop motion, motion graphics, and found footage into a single frame -- often in the form of single channel video & installation. Working materially with plants, insects, processes, and circulated imagery, she reconstructs landscapes in moving images to tug at the perceptual problems operating between a lived environment and contemporary media.


Cristen Leifheit is currently a Visual Arts Teaching Fellow (2019-20) at the University of Chicago, where she recently completed her MFA (2019). Cristen is a recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship in addition to UChicago Humanities and UChicago Arts Student Summer Fellowships. She has screened and exhibited work in galleries, theatres, museums, parks, universities, and gardens including Logan Center Exhibitions (University of Chicago, IL), Payne Gallery (Moravian College, PA), Landmark Century Centre Cinema (Chicago, IL), Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (Kalamazoo, MI), Brooklyn Bridge Park (NYC), and Millennium Park (Chicago, IL). Cristen’s work traveled with the INNER NATURE Exhibition to Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), Marnay-sur-Seine Botanical Garden (France), and Institut Valencia d’Art Modern (Spain).