Over the past years my work has focused on the demise of the natural world and its renewal, often as objects or artifacts within an institutional setting. My prints Bird Skins initiated an exploration of the rituals of collecting and how this act plays a key role in the preservation of our memories.
My fascination is not just with collections but also with the psychology of display. How the vitrine actually relates to the object, what they reveal about the work of constructing and reconstructing history. I’m interested in the way the vitrine can effectively dematerialise its contents.
While my work takes in cross disciplines such as drawing, photography and 3D, it is the printmaking that is the backbone of my practise. I wish to expand the possibilities of drypoint etching from cardboard; a process that suites a non toxic environment.
Artist statement - Christine Willcocks.
Christine is a well-known artist and printmaker, having won many awards both nationally and locally. Her work has been collected by a number of city and regional galleries, universities and schools as well as Artbank, Canson Australia, The Print Council of Australia, 2 State Libraries and many private collections in Australia and Overseas. Christine is currently teaching at Lismore TAFE and Southern Cross University.
Represented By: Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
Forthcoming Exhibition:May 2010