Does this make me a monster!? As the story goes, when you break a cup, you glue it back with gold, celebrating each crack. This work explores the idea that our imperfections turn into the best parts of who we are.
- Beautifully Broken Series is a body of work with mixed media work that includes collaged touch stones, and shards of stained glass on top of acrylic. The act of shattering the glass is symbolic of the trauma so many of us have gone through in our lives. The translucency of the stained glass that allows the optical mixing of colors tie the layers together. 12” X12” deep cradled artboard.
- Does this make me a monster!? As I think about my relationship with my family, growing up as a kid and how I always tried to tend to their emotional needs. I was left feeling like somehow, they failed me. Failed in giving me that emotional support and knowledge that we all need as kids. I think about the ways I have failed my own children. Not always giving them what they needed as they grew and of course, feeling the guilt that this brings. But as I have gotten older, I see now that this was a gift. I am able to share empathy with others at the moments that they need it most. That emotional support. So my purpose of this body of work is to explore the broken pieces and imperfections of ourselves and how these truly translate into the best parts of who we are. Truly gold. The touchstones that are included in between the cracks are sentiments of what I strive to be. A metaphoric bandaid.
I am Christine Emond and I work mostly with mixed media, including acrylic, stained glass, and various found objects. Being an introvert, my key themes seem to be typically inner qualities that I am working on. Expressing them metaphorically to better understand things like setting personal boundaries or learning how to let go, maybe letting go of a person, of a shared life, of a dream as we age and moving forward forever changed from the experience. I also love to travel and paint the various landscapes of my travels, sometimes including the stories of the places I have been or of some of the people there. My figurative work is done mostly in pastel.
I studied drawing and painting and received my bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge. Bruce Everett, landscape artist, and Samantha Fields , abstract artist, were two of my professors that had the most impact on my work. I also studied several historical artists who have been influential in my work like: Van Gogh and Turner, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Degas, Frida Kahlo, Egon Schiele and the work of architect Frank Loyd Wright
I am originally from the midwest, Augusta Kansas but have had my artwork in local shows across the US. I have shown in Shreveport, La, where I received the Best in original artwork; Wichita Ks at City Arts, a local artist show, at Mark Arts, a staff and student show; at Friends University, an art teacher show and at The Vegabond Café, my personal show to name a few. I taught art for 15 years in the Wichita Public Schools. I have recently moved to Oklahoma City, OK to get involved in their art scene. I joined the Oklahoma arts council where I hope to continue developing my art career and meet other artists in the community. I currently work as a financial counselor as well.