“To have an interest in the detailed world around us is to embrace our natural desire as beings. Our Earth places itself beyond our vision with an enthusiastic trust that we must sustain, indulge and ultimately enjoy, an Earth rich in natural philosophy. From the dawn of creatural existence, every living thing has left its share of footprints on the Earth in one way or another. These footprints will forever be observed, studied and adored by those drawn to the origins of the natural world.
Christina has developed an appreciation for this natural philosophy in her childhood, furthermore delivering this admiration into her adulthood, and evolving it into a fascination. To know Christina is to know her collection of Sand from around the globe, her accumulation of shells from the British Isles, and an assortment of minerals containing fossils, from rock-slides in Lyme Regis. Inanimate acquirement is not the only collection found on her shelves, together with drying star fish, sea weed and the odd crab shell.
Christina’s series of still life images combine elements of this revered artistic technique, along with the natural human instinct to be fascinated by the origins of our world. Each image includes aspects of our developing interest, whether it be creatures subject to taxidermy, fossils from an almost lost time, or preservations from a not so far away past. To observe someone’s interest like such has peaked an interests of my own, a curiosity illuminated by the light from the window.
During the turn of the modern world where science, art, religion and philosophy thrived, a visual portrayal was adopted by renowned painters under the name of chiaroscuro. This technique focused on the relationship between light and dark, and their distance from connecting. Natural Philosophy was permeating into the bristles of the painters brushes; this dark representation of what we call science gave it a pressing significance, through almost artistic foresight.” – Words by Laurie Cant