Moments in time experienced within the natural world captivate Christine Atkins and inspire her work. A leaf sitting in a natural pool of rainwater is the kind of touchstone that she draws on as inspiration. Parallel to this, Atkins is also interested in the materiality of glass, and she has found a duality between the transcended moment of experience and the fascination of the material. The interaction between light, glass and water is the basis for much of Atkins’ exploratory work. She is interested in highlighting the phenomena created during the interactions between these materials while echoing phenomena found in nature. Ranging from installation to wall-mounted sculpture, all of her work is created from the interplay of her chosen materials and ideas.
Christine Atkins is a Canberra based visual artist who explores moments in time experienced within the natural world. Upon graduating with Honours from the Australian National University in 2011, Atkins was awarded two EASS awards from M16 Artspace and Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre. She has also been published twice in New Glass Review: 33 and 34, and was given Highly Commended at the National Student Art Glass Prize in 2012. Since her solo exhibition at M16 Artspace in 2012 Atkins has undertaking the Talking Water artists-in-residence with Craft ACT, Craft and Design Centre and the Graduates-in-Residence program at the Canberra Glassworks. In November 2013 Atkins was awarded the Australian Craft Award in both the Lighting and Best in Glass categories. Atkins had her second solo exhibition at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in March 2014 as well as being a finalist in the inaugural Kirra Illuminating Glass Award. In 2015 Christine has undertaken the Åland Archipelago Guest Artist Residence in Kökar, Finland.
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