February 16, 2017 – March 18, 2017
Christine Koch is a printmaker and painter based in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her practice balances between her working studios (in downtown St. John’s and in Woody Point) and a variety of field-based residencies that have taken her to remote environments in Canada’s North: the Yukon, Nunavut, and northern Labrador. For the past decade, her work has drawn from the geological and glacial histories of these arctic landscapes. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions and more group exhibitions, her most recent being Never Melting Ice at The Rooms, St. John’s, in 2015. Her work is in a variety of public collections including those of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Fogg Art Museum, as well as corporate collections within Canada and private collections worldwide.
Koch is both a printmaker and painter and the two disciplines often merge in her studio in hybrid pieces. Most of her printmaking has been in the areas of relief printing and monotype, but recently she has added screenprinting, etching, and drypoint to her technical repertoire.
Much of Koch’s work draws from science and natural history, specifically geology, geomorphology (particularly as relating to glaciers), and astronomy. Rocks, mountains, ice (glaciers and icebergs), and the cosmos are the constants of her imagery. At the same time, she views the natural elements and processes that she depicts in her work as metaphors for the human condition and our physical and psychological processes.