Christina Woolliscroft - Artist

Christina comes from Lancashire. Lancashire emerged as a major commercial and industrial region during the Industrial Revolution. Liverpool and Manchester grew into its largest cities, dominating global trade and the birth of modern industrial capitalism. The county contained several mill towns and the collieries of the Lancashire Coalfield. By the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.[3] Accrington, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Chorley, Colne, Darwen, Manchester, Nelson, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale and Wigan were major cotton mill towns during this time. Blackpool was a centre for tourism for the inhabitants of Lancashire's mill towns, particularly during wakes week.
Artist Statement
I am a mulit-disciplinary artist and my creative output includes mixed-media painting on canvas and using ink on Duratran with lightbox. However, more recently I have been working on installations.  Much of my art works are interactive. I like to invite the viewer into my art space to experience the art rather than simply observe it. The works I have done fall into two catagories I call, ‘Pre- VAD’ and ‘Post- VAD’. VAD is a WW1 hospital bed I bought in 2016. All my works since then have been Post-Vad. The importance of this is the way my creative process has developed since I had VAD (2016). By lying down on VAD and clearing my mind I allow myself to drift away from my environment and see what imagery starts to appear.I use VAD as an artefact that helps me unlock my creative sub-conscious. By doing this my intentions are to capture an essence that will permeate through to the viewer. However, having a background in psychotherapy, the themes I like to explore mostly involve human nature - how ‘man’ relates to ‘man’ and the environment. My work draws from every-day experience and drawn from social and cultural histories. Previous topics have included world war1, capital punishment and the mysticism of Stonehenge. I also consider my life to be art and elevate everyday objects into my practice. I get my inspiration from a group of people called Fluxus, which came together in the 1960s, some of these artists are George Maciunas, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Other artists who inspire me are Mona Hatoum, Mary Reid Kelley and especially Christian Boltanksi for his enormous and powerful installations.