Christine Pike, MA Norfolk, United Kingdom
I am an artist and freelance curator. I hold an MA in Contemporary Curation from Norwich University of the Arts. I have been sculpting professionally since 2011. My work is figurative and inspired by folklore and the natural world. I work mainly in paperclay, recycled materials and mixed media. I teach workshops in paperclay sculpting.
As a sculptor: I make work that tells stories. From tap-dancing mice to otherworldly beings my sculpture spans a wide range of subject matter and scale, with one central theme: a joyful appreciation of nature and our relationship to it, viewed through the lens of folktales and myth. I try to imbue my work with a sense of playfulness coupled with the occasional oddity, which is designed to unsettle the viewer while compelling a closer look. I work on a small to medium scale but also have a passion for the tiny and miniature. I have worked in clay for many years but, since 2021, have been exploring air dry paperclay. I now work almost exclusively in this medium, together with recycled and found objects, and mixed media. As an artist my intention is to make work that speaks to the quiet-voiced, the overlooked, the hidden - and says : "You are noticed, you are valued, you are loved." I exhibit throughout the UK and Europe and hold an MA from Norwich University of the Arts. I teach workshops in paperclay sculpting. Usually in West Norfolk but am willing to travel for groups.
As a Curator: Formally trained at Norwich University of the Arts I was resident curator at the Babylon Ballery, Ely from 2011 - 2014. Whilst there I created 2 touring combined arts exhibitions funded by ACE; "A Husk of Hares" and "In Grendel's Footsteps". I now combine my art practice with freelance curating and recently co-curated exhibitions for Anglian Potters and Greyfrairs Artspaces Kings Lynn. I specialise in working with community facing organisations that wish to break down barriers to accessibility of Arts consumption and education, particularly in areas where such opportunities are low.