Christie Brown’s figurative practice is informed by an interest in our relationship with objects and the significance and relevance of museum collections and archaic artifacts to contemporary art. Archaeology presents a fragmented narrative of past lives and holds parallels with the practice of psychoanalysis where layers are carefully stripped away to reveal hidden information. Her work references these archaic traces as well as the mythology, narrative and symbolism associated with clay and its relationship with other materials such as wax, bronze and plaster. She often presents her work through site or theme-specificity and her making method of press-moulding allows her to explore the nature of repetition though installation and series. Recent work revolves around the response of contemporary art practice to archaic collections including those of Sigmund Freud and Sir John Soane, and on-going research is developing around the relationship of ceramics to other materials and practices including drawing.
Christie Brown is an artist and Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster in London. She graduated from Harrow School of Art in 1982 and set up her north London studio that year. At Westminster she taught on the BA, MA and PhD programmes while maintaining and developing her sculptural practice. She was Principal Investigator on the AHRC project Ceramics in the Expanded Field, awarded to the University’s Ceramics Research Centre in 2011, which included her solo exhibition DreamWork at the Freud Museum in London in 2013. She has exhibited her ceramic sculpture widely in the UK and abroad and frequently lectured about her practice at international residencies and conferences. Her work is featured in several private and public collections in Europe and the USA, including the Victoria and Albert Museum UK and the Mint Museum USA.
2016 Rara Avis, Arthouse1, London. (solo) 2014 Ambika’s Dream, part of 3-person show with Clare Twomey and Julian Stair, Ceramics in the Expanded Field at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London. 2013 Marking The Line: Ceramics and Architecture, Sir John Soane Museum, London and UK tour to Port Eliot, Cornwall and Pitzhanger Manor. 2012 DreamWork, Freud Museum, London. (solo) 2010 Hybrid Toys, Ideas Store Whitechapel, London. (solo) 2006 Collective Traces: A Response to the Petrie Museum, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, (solo, catalogue) Foundation Deposits, artist in residence exhibition, Thomas Hunter Gallery, Hunter College, New York. 2004 Christie Brown, Heidi Morstang, London Gallery West, Harrow. 2003 Between the Dog and the Wolf, Kingsgate Gallery, London. (solo) 2001 Recent Sculpture, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, USA. (solo) 2000 Fragments of Narrative, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, London. Commissioned by the WPT. (solo, catalogue) 1997 Crafts Council Showcase, The Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum, London. (solo) 1996 The Cast of Characters, Kingsgate Gallery, London. (solo) 1995 Sculpture, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. (solo, catalogue) 1991 New Work, Oxford Gallery, Oxford. (with Barbara Hepworth) Keramik, Gallery L, Hamburg, Germany. (solo. British Council assisted) 1990 Sculpture, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. 1988 New Sculpture, Michaelson and Orient, London. (with Imogen Margrie) 1986 Ceramic Sculpture, Oxford Gallery, Oxford, (with Tim Mara) 1985 Aspects Choice, Aspects Gallery, London.