b. 1955, Robinvale, Victoria
Lives and works in Victoria, Australia
Christine studied medicine after secondary school, graduating in 1980. She was always passionate about creativity, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1990. Christine has worked full time as an artist since 2011 and is based in Greater Melbourne, working from a seaside studio on Bunwurrung land. Best known as a painter, Healy's practice also includes work on paper. Christine graduated with an MFA from RMIT in 1995 and she has been working full time as an artist since 2012. Christine was a finalist in the Paul Guest Prize in 2014.
/ JULY 5 - JULY 30, 2023
Research, serendipity, struggle, repeat – my painting is an enquiry into being human and being here on the earth. My quest involves risk taking and spontaneity as I labour to transcend the materiality of the oil paint and capture some magic along the way. I work the oil paint affectionately using brush, palette knife, rubber wedge and my hands. Sometimes I am less affectionate about the outcome but mostly the end result is a kind of painterly bricolage of mark making and revisions – referencing mysticism, myth, landscape, history, art and eschatological themes.
Although my studio (located on Bunurong Country) is not that far from a city, in the local landscape there are visible traces of old worlds including limestone forests, fossils, and First Peoples’ shell middens. Representations of these material remnants often find a place in my paintings as do bodies of water, mountains and vessels, although not always occupying a predictable pictorial space. Simply interpreted: mountains for transcendence, water for a path, ancient artifacts as talismans, and a vessel for getting there. The painting process itself is midden like with many porous layers of paint revealing earlier layers.
Many of the paintings in this exhibition – Painterland – while including elements of landscape and abstraction also have subtle figuration. Faces, structures, birds, other creatures and symbols appear and disappear subject to ambient light and the viewer’s perception.