2019 - 2021: Oneself, too many by Christina Darras, 450 Reduction Linocuts on paper, on fabric, handstitched, 330cm x 240cm.
Kingston Arts Grant recipient, Christina Darras presents Oneself, too many, an exhibition exploring the variability of identity one carries. The exhibition will showcase the artist's Oneself, too many body of work, consisting of 450 reduction linocuts printed on paper and handstitched into a large-scale blanket and the outcome of two Linocut Printing Workshops.
The Linocut Printing Workshops took place at Kingston Arts Centre in June & July 2021. Thank you to the 20 members of the community who attended the workshops and created works for this exhibition.
The artist approaches the multifaceted surface of one's identity through the symbolism of the images of faces and biological, religious, and natural elements. The question is, what element defines an individual? Is it one's history or one's biology? The past or the present? Or the aspirations of the future? Things which are already known and stereotyped or the unknown, the unexplored?
Christina Darras is an interdisciplinary artist and a jewellery designer. She studied painting at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux arts in Paris, France, and printmaking at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London UK. She works with various mediums, drawing, painting, installations, and embroidery. She enjoys making with her hands, considering her making as a thinking process. She is addicted to colour (she fell in a colour fountain as a toddler and swallowed lots of rainbow water, so colour is in her DNA). She has a studio at KA, and she is currently completing a Mca at Victorian college of arts.
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