Christine Thomas

Artist Statement.

I create artwork as a semi-autobiographical expression of my own life experiences.  I work predominantly in textiles and can remember sitting on the floor of my parent’s house sewing the hours away.  This reminds me of a time of comfort and innocence, when creating and sewing was an instinctive process, something that has been part of my methodology throughout my artistic career.  My artwork is created from a feminist viewpoint around the context of the domestic and the impact on women’s lives. I use textiles and stitch to address contemporary issues around domestic abuse, legislation and explore ways of communicating the imbalances within society.   I use research methods to explore ideas, using books, articles, feminist projects and political developments to follow threads of interest which inspire me. 

Alongside my ongoing practice with textiles, I also draw on my knowledge of nature and the outdoor world to explore rurality and the connection I have with the outdoors, I often include natural objects such as bramble, flora, water, and other elements to expand on the ontology behind the expression. 

Although working predominantly in textiles, I often explore using mixed media to experiment with contrasting materials.  While textiles have a feminine association, I experiment using materials associated with the masculine, such as concrete and nails.  Previous works have often included combining textiles with various metals, rust and decay. I also use drawing, print and photography to inform my work and develop ideas, capturing moments and experiences from everyday occurrences.  I often include text in my work, using the contrast of the visual and syntax to create impact that would otherwise be missing.  

I am currently studying at the University of Derby for a Practice Led Fine Art Research Degree.  This area of research is exploring visual methods to explore performitivity and Jane Monckton-Smith’s Eight Stages of Homicide in intimate partner relationships.  This project explores the domestic setting and how abuse is hidden within the safe setting of the home.

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