Working with one particular image in serial fashion has always seemed to me to be analogous to memorizing and reciting a piece of poetry over and over, or playing a piece of music on the piano repeatedly, so that the piece becomes part of the performer, and each recitation/performance offers a new and different interpretation. So it is with my paintings.
From artist statement regarding her artist residency at Gros Morne National Park, August 1998.
Christine Koch was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1959. She received two degrees in English Literature- a bachelor of arts with honours from the University of Alberta in 1981, and a master of arts from the University of Toronto in 1982- before earning her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Alberta in 1986.
In addition to her practice as a visual artist, Koch has worked as a curator, writer, and art teacher, and has been an active volunteer in the St. John's arts community since moving to Newfoundland in 1987. She has worked equally with printing and painting media, although her early studio training was in painting. Involvement with St. Michael's, a professional printmaking facility in St. John's, led to extensive and ongoing work in the medium of linocut. Making monotypes (which she began to do in 1993 at the Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, VT) has led her back to painting, and her most recent exhibitions have been of paintings in acrylic and in gouache, as well as mixed media and collage.
Koch has completed numerous artist residencies: at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta; at the Emma Lake Artist's Colony in Saskatchewan; at the Experimental Etching Studio in Boston; in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; and in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's.
Koch's work has been shown frequently in solo and group exhibitions in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia. Her work can be found in a variety of collections including the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's Permanent Collection, The Canada Council Art Bank; Fogg Art Museum (Harvard University), Boston, MA; Burnaby Art Gallery; B. C.; and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information on the artist, or to view more of her images, please visit her personal web page: http://www.christinekoch.com.