Monoprint Etching with gold dust
55cm x 75cm
Monoprint Etching with oil pastel
75cm x 95cm
Christina France is a visual artist working with print, drawing and a combina-tion of the two. Creating embossed drawings and prints as a response to light, reflection and shadow, her work unfolds slowly and serenely through time.
As a printmaker, she responds to the medium with spontaneity, connecting to the haptic nature of the process. She has a painterly approach to the medium using unconventional methods in order to achieve the layering and translu-cency she strives for. Gold and silver leaf or dust is sometimes gilded onto the surface. Line could be shadow, shadow could be line. The gilding of metal leaf onto the surface, or the addition of gold dust adds reflection so that the image is ever changing, shifting and subtle.
Working from her studio in Sevenoaks, Christina also spends time making work at the prestigious Ålgården print workshop in Sweden. She recently de-cided to spend half the year in France where she lived and worked for twenty years.
Christina exhibits regularly nationally and internationally and has work in the collections of the V&A Museum London as well as public and private collec-tions in the Uk, Sweden and France.
Christina is a member of the Printmakers Council, Grafik I Vast and the Ålgården workshop in Sweden and Manifestampe in France.
How the works relate to the theme COLOUR.
‘Selenium’ from the series Lunar owes its provenance to both the Royal Ob-servatory in Greenwich and the Watts Gallery’s Moonscape exhibition looking at the way in which artists were captivated by the painterly challenge of de-picting nocturnal landscape. This piece scintillates with luminous colour, it is in no way a scientific representation, more a poetic interpretation of the moon. The title refers to the Greek word for the moon, Selene.
Flux is informed by geometrical elements found in landscape; a joyous juxta-position of colour, and form.