Christine uses mainly Earthstone Smooth and her own paper clay to produce wildlife and figurative sculptures.
She keeps colouring to a minimum and uses light washes of oxides and stains before firing her sculptures to 1240 ºC. When cooled and ready to finish Christine will use pigments and sometimes an application of Dutch metal leaf.
Christine takes great care over the presentation of her work and regards a frame or mount as integral to the whole piece. Wood is a beautiful material in its own right, especially when it is well seasoned and has prominent grain, cracks or knots that some might consider ‘flaws’. She works deliberately with these natural occurrences, often enhancing and drawing attention to them by the addition of gilding. Wherever possible, she uses British hardwoods such as oak, ash, and beech.
Christine takes her inspiration from the natural world and from folklore. Nature is uncompromising, sometimes cruel, but never dishonest. Folklore teaches us ancient wisdom through the telling of stories. Truth and wisdom are the companions of all those prepared to see themselves as they really are. In her work she likes to play with ideas that explore the intimate dance between the two.
The finished pieces tell stories about what happens when we drop our social masks and reconnect with the Wild Dance of life. Sometimes the figures disguise themselves as animals. Occasionally they are caught in the act of transformation; part human, part beast…
Beauty is far from skin deep. True beauty comes from a spirit that is at ease with itself and knows itself completely. See Christine’s work at Heart Gallery this month as we come to the end of our Flow Exhibition.