Christina Dobbs

Christina Dobbs lives and works in London and received her MFA from City & Guilds of London Art School.

Her Work relates to the fragile nature of our day-to-day existence; one that is constantly shifting and vulnerable to change.

Using the camera as a sketchbook, she captures fleeting moments in time – everyday events that may be viewed as both ordinary and extraordinary and even uncanny when re-examined through painting.

The process of making involves the creation and subtraction of layers of paint. Through this, the source material from which she works is transformed adding elements of uncertainty and ambiguity to the everyday events she depicts. The figures in the paintings appear to be lost in their own worlds, occupying a liminal and dreamlike space.

The chosen settings recall leisurely summer days, winter holidays, and generally open-ended time and have the potential to evoke a sense of nostalgia and reverie in the viewer. While these scenes are familiar, they are also treated in a manner that suggests a strange and haunted undercurrent. This element of unease can destabilize our initial impression of the scene suggesting that what we know in one moment can be undone in the next.