Christine Pike from Norfolk, UK
has sculpted, in one medium or another, for most of her life. Since leaving university she worked as a soft sculpture artist for seventeen years and undertook design commissions for several toy manufacturers in the UK and USA, including two plush mascots for Harley Davidson.
Christine returned to her first love – clay, and has been making figurative pieces since 2007. Her work is informed by ideas and reflections upon the nature of childhood, play, half-remembered folk tales – and how these things impact upon us as adults.
Her figures tell stories. Sometimes light-hearted, sometimes unsettling or melancholy, She aims to capture character and a suggestion of private thoughts. Sometimes her figures disguise themselves as animals. Occasionally they are caught in the act of transformation; half human, half beast.
Christine takes great care over the presentation of her work and regard a frame or mount as integral to the whole piece. Wood is a beautiful material in its own right, especially when it is well seasoned and has prominent grain, cracks or knots that some might consider ‘flaws’. She works deliberately with these natural occurrences, often enhancing and drawing attention to them by the addition of gilding. Wherever possible, I use British hardwoods such as oak, ash, and beech.
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