When she isn’t preparing new pieces for an exhibition, Dr. Biaggi is writing, lecturing, teaching Tae Kwon Do as a 4th Degree Black Belt, working with the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre of Palisades, New York, and also spending time with her teenage twin sons and their 4 dachshunds. In 2005, she has lectured on “The Dark Goddess: She Who is Now Appearing in the Forefront” at the Goddess Conversations conference in Ephesus, Turkey, exhibited an installation piece at Bex + Arts Sculpture Park in Switzerland, worked on a new book, and created four giant collages for an exhibit at New York City’s Ceres Gallery. Entitled “Disasters,” three of the pieces were passionately inspired by what she considers major catastrophes of our current times – the American presidential election of 2004, the Tsunami of Southeast Asia, and hurricane Katrina. The third, The Have-Nots, was an expression of her outrage at the administration’s treatment of the hurricane victims.
Dr. Biaggi’s artwork has been exhibited throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. Her one-woman exhibitions number more than twenty-five and include “Women's Beijing Sphere and Other Spheres,” “Painting with My Granddaughter,” and in 2003 “9/11-11/16.” She has also participated in many group exhibitions in the States and abroad, among them “The Hole Is Bigger Than the Sum of Its Parts” at the Frauen Museum in Bonn Germany and “Re-Turning” at A.R.C. Gallery in Chicago.
As a speaker, Dr. Biaggi has presented papers at World Archaeological Conference, The Women and Earth Conference and The Archaeomythology Conference on “The Priestess Figure of Malta,” “Myth, Monument and Matristic Societies,” “The Web: The Pattern That Connects -- Its Paleolithic and Neolithic Manifestation and Its Importance Today,” and “How Did the Black Sea Flood Affect the Kurgan Culture and Why Did They Become Warlike?”
At the close of the 20th century, Dr. Biaggi edited In the Footsteps of the Goddess, the result of her asking a gathering of men and women to speak about their personal experiences with the female divine. Jared
Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, said of the book, “…all of their stories are intense, heartfelt, moving, and profound. With the new book, Cristina Biaggi has done us a great service by showing the power of ideas to breathe new life into each of us.” NPR’s Margot Adler said the author “…has allowed us to eavesdrop as they [the contributors] recount their poetic, illuminating, and deeply moving stories of meeting the Goddess.”
Dr. Biaggi has long been intrigued about the origins of patriarchy and has studied the past for clues to the origin of male dominance in Crete, the Middle East, and the steppe lands of Russia and other places. Recently, she invited a group of scholars, historians and philosophers to contribute to a comprehensive volume on patriarchy entitled The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy. It is scheduled for publication in Spring 2006.
Cristina Biaggi is now offering her professional skills taking commissioned work for sculpture portraits cast in bronze. Please visit her website for more information or send an inquiry through her e-mail address.