Lot 38 - Christina Dobbs - Sages Ravine
Oil and Acrylic on Paper
Signed on Verso
Curated by Sandra De Giorgi
My work relates to the fragile nature of our day-to-day existence; one that is constantly shifting and vulnerable to change. Using the camera as a sketchbook, I capture fleeting moments of the everyday that I feel though seemingly ordinary, have the potential to become eerily extraordinary when re-imagined through paint.
The process of making involves the creation and subtraction of layers of paint through which subject matter is edited, omitted and obscured adding elements of uncertainty and ambiguity to these everyday events.
Figures engage in their own activity, seemingly unaware of the viewer and occupy a liminal space that can appear dreamlike. While these scenes may seem familiar, they are also treated in a manner that suggests a strange and haunted undercurrent. This element of unease can destabilize our initial impression of the scene suggesting that what we know in one moment can be undone in the next.
MFA; City & Guilds of London Art School (2021)
"Exposure" Work Made During Pouch Cove Foundation Residency, London 2022
"Fissured Realms" D contemporary Gallery, London 2022
"Nothing is Stable" A solo show curated by MAMA, London 2022
"Larger Apples and Better Cotton" - UK based American Artists Reflect, London 2021
"ING Discerning Eye" Mall Galleries, London 2021, 2022
"Pollen Collective Circle Project" London, 2021
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
"Sages Ravine" and "The Quarry" were inspired by photographs that I took during the summer months in rural Northwest Connecticut of friends and family finding refuge from the summer heat along the wooded Appalachian trails and a hidden dark quarry pool.
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