Chrissy Boisvert was born in New Lenox, IL and currently resides in Peoria, IL attending Bradley University. Boisvert graduated from Lincoln Way Central High School in 2020 and will graduate Summa Cum Laude from Bradley University in 2024 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography. Boisvert’s work consists mostly of self-portraiture photography, tackling issues such as body image, gender, sexuality, religion, and adulthood. In addition to photography, Boisvert enjoys physical mediums and crafts such as crochet, printmaking, and book arts. During her time at Bradley, Boisvert has made the Dean’s List every semester and has been featured in the 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 spring editions of Bradley’s literary and arts journal Broadside as well as smaller, independent zines such as White Noise Zine and Poison of the Paint. In the future, Boisvert hopes to work at a photography studio and sell her independent work.

Artist Statement

As children, we often fantasize about growing up and being independent. From tea parties to
playing house to thinking about our dream jobs, our childhood is filled with anticipation for adult
life. However, when we reach adulthood, we find ourselves disappointed, ill-prepared, and
yearning for the simpler times of being a child.

“When I’m Grown Up” is a two-part photographic book series depicting the sudden transition
from childhood to adulthood, how even as adults we still feel like inexperienced children inside.
Through the use of a stuffed animal subject, the images capture the overwhelming experience of
college and adult life. The photos are taken from wide angles or close-ups from the stuffed
animal’s perspective to emphasize the subject being dwarfed by and unable to complete their
tasks. In addition, the photos solely use available, often single sources of light to give the images
both a dramatic and realistic feel. The images are presented in a drum-leaf bound book,
reminiscent of children’s books.