Taking as a starting point traditional labour-intensive production processes involving repetitive movements of hand and body, Christine Stevens explores haptic and gestural residues in contemporary culture. Her work often builds on connections between craft practices and contemporary Fine Art. Typically, Stevens uses sculptural installations and moving image in her investigations of materiality and embodiment. She has developed a particular interest in clay as a contemporary Fine Art medium.
As both, artist and Gestalt psychotherapist, Stevens experiments with cross-disciplinary activities which focus on the experiential and the participative. This involves facilitating groups experimenting with making as a means of self-recognising, inter-relating and responding.
She is a member of Returns, an artist-research group from NTU and Sheffield Hallam which takes as its starting point an international cross-disciplinary project, Topographies of the Obsolete initiated by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway which used the former Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent as a place from which to consider post-industrial ruins and their artefacts.
Over the past weeks this new studio has emerged as a beautiful airy light-infused space out of the dark and gloomy jumble room of its previous life. It is well on the way to become a warm and fully equipped clay studio complete with kiln, wheel and materials. As well as being the home for Steven’s own practice, including the Clay Group and other workshops, there will be plenty of space for artists to come and use the facilities on a bookable, pay-for-use basis. It will gradually evolve over the next few months, but should soon be up and running and offering a range of creative opportunities for local people as well as Primary residents.
Exhibitions and Residencies [Selected]
|2016||In return, SIA Gallery, Sheffield|
|2015||- The Big Pot Project. Residency as part of Returns.
- Returns. Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
- Graduate Residency. Art House, Wakefield.
- Graduate Residency. Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
|2014||- Arrivals. Container in EM14. Surface Gallery, Nottingham.
- Bodying Forth. NTU Fine Aart 2014 Degree Show.
- Topographies of the Obsolete. Residency at Spode, Stoke-on-Trent
|2013||Topographies of the Obsolete in Exploring the site-specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry. Organised by Bergen Academy of Art and Design and NTU. Research practice Project.|
Professional Activities [Selected]
|2015||- The Parts and the Whole. Facilitator. Workshop using clay at UK Association of Gestalt Practitioners Conference, UoN.|
|- Attention: Detail symposium. Invited Presenter. Part of Summer Lodge at NTU.
|- Clay and sand tray in therapy practice workshop. Facilitator. Gestalt Training Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania|
|2012||Mrs Rick’s Cupboard: Primary Colours, Bobby Sayers. Review published in a-n magazine.|