Christine Nnawuchi

Bolton multimedia artist and ceramicist Christine Nnawuchi mines the depths of her imagination for the objects and artifacts in her latest collection.

March 31, 2021 | | Artist in Residence

At first glance multimedia artist and ceramicist Christine Nnawuchi’s pieces read as museum-worthy artifacts. A ceremonial spear. Sun and moon dials. A decorative breastplate. But the unglazed crisp white porcelain is a first clue that these creations are new, not old. And while their shape and function draw on the Bolton artist’s Nigerian heritage, they are relics and mementos from a world that exists only in Christine’s imagination – a fictional village overseen by a matriarch who is both a healer and a warrior. As Christine says, “I want to evoke a nostalgia, a longing for a place you’ve never been but you’re connected to.” Her show Everything She Left Behind is part of the outdoor exhibit Where She Went, We Thrived at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre until April 11. christinennawuchi.com

Sacred Amulet 9" x 22" porcelain, leather, stainless steel ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Sacred Amulet 9″ x 22″ porcelain, leather, stainless steel ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Speaking Stones 4", 2" and 1½" porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Speaking Stones 4″, 2″ and 1½” porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Astrological (Almanac) 14" and 7" x 5" porcelain, leather ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Astrological (Almanac) 14″ and 7″ x 5″ porcelain, leather ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Hush 13½" x 3" porcelain, leather ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Hush 13½” x 3″ porcelain, leather ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Flint 37" x 2½" 3" turned wood, twine, porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi 

Flint 37″ x 2½” 3″ turned wood, twine, porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Dusk 50" x 3" turned wood, twine, porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

Dusk 50″ x 3″ turned wood, twine, porcelain ~ by Christine Nnawuchi

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Tralee Pearce is an associate editor of In The Hills Magazine.

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