Christine Simpson - An on going exploration of the unresolved environmental concerns of this century
Christine Simpson is a working artist and Curator in Waterford, Ireland. She is currently represented by Gormleys Fine Art Dublin and Belfast.
Her work has been exhibited around the world and the majority of her artworks address the topic of climate change. Christine has received numerous awards including the Silken Photo Award, Brussels; Waterford Crystal Arts Award, a Gold Award from Graphis, New York. Portfolios of her artwork have also featured in many publications. Christine’s work is in many private collections and she regularly undertakes commissions for art pieces and commercial photographic illustrations.
An important aspect of Christine’s life is her Curatorial work, in which she has worked in close association with Magnum Photos New York and the charity, Chernobyl Children’s Project.
I have always loved the idea of using art to advance social causes, to make us reflect and rethink what it means to be human in the 21st century.
My artwork is an on going exploration of the unresolved environmental concerns of this century. It attempts to define the world we live in by contrasting aspects of a disintegrating planet with the beauty of all living things. Despite the overwhelming beauty of our planet, the reality is that we are on a precipice of extinction, balancing on the edge of a global meltdown. The ravages of climate change have already been experienced in the form of more frequent floods, violent storms, drought, destruction of wetlands and other natural habitats. All of this has contributed to the loss of tens of thousands of species of animals, birds, and bees. As human beings, we are dependent on Nature for our survival. Everything humans need to survive, and thrive has been provided by our natural world: food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, etc.. Technology and industry have distanced us from nature, but our reliance on the natural world is still as important as ever.
One of the consequences of urban lifestyles, industrialization, capitalism, nationalism, the global economy, and social divides is that we have lost our connection to the natural world.
The work is part of an ongoing exploration of unresolved environmental concerns of the 21st century. The work is located in the Irish landscape providing a rich, unkempt and decaying background that forms a backdrop for visual expressions of global imbalance, environmental destruction, the cyclical nature of existence and our deep connection to the planet and it's guiding forces.
The common thread throughout the work is a need to protect, to celebrate, to share, to connect and to nurture the earth.
The images explore, technically the photographic potential of creating surreal melded images from several different shots into one seamlessly constructed print.