27 March - 14 April 2008
about the exhibition
Christina Cordero’s works on paper uses symbolic imagery in a poetic fusion of mythology, travel, music and imagination to reflect on identity and displacement. Christina has always felt unbound and unconnected which, for her, is very enriching as it allows her to create a visual world that reflects a lifetime of being on the move. In her current exhibition, she describes her work as “an allegorical combination of ideas and feelings from the soul”. They evoke personal and collective memories, duality of culture, as well as real and surreal thoughts and dreams. Using a vocabulary of motifs such as boats, crescent moons, fish and primitive figures, the artist takes us on a rhythmic journey into a world of stories, at once ancient and contemporary, and often from the point of view of women. Music also has a strong influence, in particular, the abstract notions of music expressed by Schoenberg, John Cage and their contemporaries. Through her work, Christina challenges notions of reason and reality allowing herself ultimate freedom of expression.
Christina Cordero was born in Chile and developed her unique style of art making through years of travel and exploration. In 1973, Christina immigrated to Australia after studying and teaching at universities in Chile and France. In Australia, she studied painting and printmaking and, in 1990, she received her Diploma of Fine Arts from the National Art School in Sydney. Christina’s work has developed substantially over her career and she has exhibited extensively across Australia in addition to Canada, the United States, Spain and China. Christina’s work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia, the University of NSW, the State Library of Victoria as well as public and corporate collections in Europe, Singapore, Chile, Canada and the United States.