Christine Calow - Artist



artist statement

I create richly coloured and textured paper collages and hand pulled limited edition silkscreen prints. My inspiration is derived from my travels, to countries as diverse as India and Greece. My collages and prints are not representations of places, but contain elements from observation mixed with my own emotional responses and experiences.

India in particular has always excited me. The hot vibrant colours, the jewel like palaces, the shimmering iridescent qualities of Indian architecture and fabric, and the myriad aspects of Hinduism - all have influenced aspects of my work.

A few years ago I was lucky enough to experience India at first hand and travelled around the vibrant desert state of Rajasthan, ventured into the Thar Desert on a camel and experienced first hand the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges.

Some of my latest work is inspired by aspects of my favourite Greek island, Andros. The semi circular shapes that have crept into my collages and prints began as an abstract expression of the ever present church domes, whilst the colours I’ve used are those I’ve observed whilst walking around – the terracotta of roof tiles, the unexpected vivid purple of a doorway or the vibrant red of bougainvillea.

My collages and prints explore the interaction of abstract shapes and colour relationships, contrasting controlled, regular elements of structure with looser and more irrational mark making. Bold and expressive colour combinations and the visual effects of colours very close in tone have always excited me. I am fascinated by the ways in which colour can be used to define pictorial depth, to create mood and evoke emotion.

My collages are assembled from papers that I have printed or painted myself. I use fragments of old prints, and also print surfaces specifically to use in my collages. The process of silkscreen printing gives me the freedom to experiment with vibrant colour combinations and textures. I begin by printing areas of flat colour and then superimpose layers of textures and coloured marks, and sometimes text. The inclusion of text has become an important part of my work, as a way of directly conveying my experiences and thoughts, and as something visually interesting in it’s own right.




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