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Born in Los Angeles, Christy Schnabel spent her childhood on the beaches at the foot of Santa Monica Canyon. At UCLA, she studied art, architecture, history and film, and went on to study set design in graduate school at USC. For years, she worked in the set department on various films and music videos, and, in her free time, she played guitar and wrote songs. In 1993, she met Jerry di Rienzo at the Whiskey A-Go-Go, where his band, Cell (Geffen), was playing. Soon after, they started their own band called Ugly Beauty and, in 1995, they signed a record deal with Atlantic Records. After releasing The Sweetness, they had a child in 2001, and then opened Hot Pie Records, a recording studio in Pasadena where Jerry produced music, including Cass McCombs Dropping the Writ and Christy’s solo record, Duchess, released in 2005 on Adam Pfahler’s Blackball Records. In 2007, after their second child was born, Christy picked up her first camera, a Sony A7R. Making pictures was a way to make art on her own, which, with two daughters, was more manageable than being in a band on the road. In 2017, after years of studying and making work, she found herself back on the beaches near Santa Monica Canyon where she spent the next two years making portraits sitting alongside the bike path. The resulting body of work is The Bike Path (ModBird Press, 2020). 

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