Made using hand-dyed linen and quilted with hand embroidery, Christina Rose Brown’s textile works, feature drawings of the artist in bed with her two young children, in a liminal state
Made using hand-dyed linen and quilted with hand embroidery, Christina Rose Brown’s textile works, feature drawings of the artist in bed with her two young children, in a liminal state between sleep and consciousness, that will be familiar to anyone who has shared a bed with restless babies. Her eldest child is autistic and, as is common for children with ASD, can suffer from severe sleep disturbances. These rare moments of dozing seem especially poignant but also fraught; listening for the moment that their breathing changes, it slows down signaling that they are finally asleep. The abstract quality of the stitched line on crumpled linen evokes that half-awake, half-asleep dreamlike state.
The linen is stained with tea. Tea is synonymous with British identity and also the experience of motherhood. From that first cup of extra sugary tea that mothers are given in hospital post-birth, to the endless half drunk cups left around the house. Tea is one of the first things we turn to at difficult times, how we look after ourselves and each other, how we express our love. Artist and Educator based in London. Following a Fine Art Degree at Kingston University and several years working within the creative industries in London, Christina completed her PGCE at The Institute of Education UCL. and studied for an MA in Art and Design in Education.
Christina works predominantly in textiles, in particular hand embroidery. Her work explores themes of identity, motherhood and the universal/personal lived experience. She has exhibited regularly in London, and organised workshops and events such as a families event for the Tate Modern, an interactive talk for teenagers on the Richard Prince exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, and workshops for homeless young people for the charity SPEAR.
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