Our Artists at Work exhibition in the Drawings Gallery is in full swing. We thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to shed some light on the artists among our colleagues at The Courtauld. Here we have Christine Maria La Carbonara, Retail Digital / E commerce Manager for The Courtauld Shop discussing her practices.
Could you tell us about your practice – what media you work in, what subject matter you focus on, what inspires you?
I work with different mediums. Oil painting is my primary method of expression. I also experiment with photography and painting with acrylics on various surfaces: including terracotta and wood. I am inspired by the trivial, the banalities that I only imagine many people interpret as the quotidian. Life excites me. I love documenting everything. Adding form, whether figurative or abstract, to a sensation or to encapsulate a remarkable moment in time. The latter of course which holds meaning to me. I only hope that others will see or feel what I try to convey through my works.
Tell us about your working environment(s).
I do not have a studio. The world around me is my studio.
Do you work anywhere other than, or in addition to, a studio – and if so, where?
I have worked across three countries. Sometimes with an easel, sometimes painting a canvas that I’m simply embracing physically.
How does your working environment affect your art (if at all)?
I would love to have a dedicated space to create works of art. However, I find it challenging and exploratory creating a space for creation.
Are there any particular tools or objects you feel particularly passionate about and/or are central to your work?
Colour!! I need colour for my works.
How do you deal with creative block?
Creative block is something that happens, in my opinion, when we’ve platuead emotionally, psychologically, sentimentally. Take a trip! Approach a stranger for a random conversation. You’ll find inspiration once more.
Discover more of Christine’s work:
Artists at Work
The Drawings Gallery
Until 15 July 2018