Artist Statement

Christina Peek, Crimson Joy, 2016, queen-sized bed, Crimson Joy lipstick, wax, bed linen, 76 x 150 x 203 cm, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art. 

Christina Peek, Crimson Joy2016, queen-sized bed, Crimson Joy lipstick, wax, bed linen, 76 x 150 x 203 cm, photograph James Field, courtesy of Adelaide Central School of Art. 

My practice derives from my feelings of hope and futility in a search for romance. I often feel torn between desiring romantic love and feeling pathetic for admitting it. Using materials that evoke romance such as lipstick and perfume, I create sculptures and installations that revel in the grand gestures depicted by popular culture yet maintain sincerity in their hope for romance.

 

In this way my works become talismans, summoning romance to me, and sites to explore my hopes and fears surrounding romantic love. They ask you to question your opinions of romance, if you too feel pathetic for wanting a partner or excluded from life’s narrative.  But the most important question they pose is… are you the one?