The depletion and extinction of species continues unabated with the relentless increase in human population and with little concern for the future generations who will inhabit our planet.
In response, I create symbolic traps. These are reflective of species that have been trapped as a consequence of habitat destruction and also represents the traps we unwittingly create for ourselves by seeking to master our environment rather than harmonising with it.
I combine my ceramic traps with the detritus of nature to bring attention to the beauty of the natural world and to highlight the need to protect it.
An accomplished ceramicist, Christine MacKinnon has a broad interest in the visual arts covering abstract painting, sculpture, ceramics, indigenous art, handicrafts and sculpture, as well as modernist architecture, landscaping and design.
Before taking up ceramics, her artistic career commenced as a watercolour artist, later progressing to hand-painting garments that were sold through exclusive fashion stores.
At Northern Beaches TAFE she initially obtained a Ceramics Diploma with Merit Award, then proceeded to an Advanced Diploma in Ceramics that was awarded in 2011. Four of her works have been acquired by TAFE for inclusion in their permanent collection. To complement her ceramic work Christine studied weaving and basketry techniques with the late Virginia Kaiser, an artist and teacher who was recognised globally for her expertise.
Since 2003, when one of her works was selected for the Thursday Plantation Sculpture Exhibition at Byron Bay, Christine's ceramic sculptures have been exhibited widely. Her works are also regularly shown on a commercial basis with the Kerrie Lowe Gallery, a Newtown-based specialist in ceramic art.
Christine’s ceramic sculptures have appeared at many venues including the Arcadian Art Trail, ArtSpot, ArtZpace, Depot II at Danks Street Waterloo and in 2009 she was privileged to participate in the "Tradition & Beyond" exhibition at Broken Hill Regional Gallery.
From time to time Christine has been called upon to demonstrate her unique approach to ceramics to audiences that include The Ceramics Study Group and private schools. She has also featured in various articles on ceramics, including the Journal of Australian Ceramics.