Sandra Christie trained as a jeweller in her early career and also developed an in-depth knowledge and extensive experience with textiles.
More recently the focus has been on harder and more industrial materials, experimenting with wood, concrete and metal.
Evidence of the hand made is often visible, striving for an empathy between materials and form; Minimalism and process.
Shape and texture continue to be an important focus and later work combines soft, organic curves and folds with hard materials.
The new work began to emerge in 2008 with a site specific sculpture for a woodland area.
Approximately two metres high and three metres breadth, and simply called Organism, the aim was to create something that was subtle and sympathetic to the landscape.
The copper Minimalist form has weathered to a dark nut colour, invisible until the viewer is within a few feet of the structure.
Planted directly into the woodland floor it has blended in to the surrounding nature and mimics the trees by swaying slightly in the wind.
Close inspection reveals the inorganic metal, whilst still hinting at its origins in the earth.
The current work combines the experience of textiles and willow with the affinity for copper, to form simple structures with an emphasis on shape and detail. Galvanised containers reflect an attraction to found industrial materials.
The theme of the series is based on plant life; not to produce figurative copies, but to explore and express the essence and habit of the organism.
The first sculpture to be completed was Liana, suggesting the winding habit of the jungle vine Arrabidaea patellifera - or Woody Liana.
With regard to shape, the parallax view is employed here, giving many placing alternatives within a variety of situations both inside and outdoors.
The maturing of the copper to a walnut brown colour integrates the structure into natural surroundings, but the organic form can also contrast and soften hard landscaping. The structure stands approximately 2 metres high.
It took around 4 months exposure to the weather, during autumn and winter, for the copper to make the transition from bright orange to the subtle brown.
Four different thicknesses of copper are used, from 22ml to 0.5ml wire.
The Calystegia has a more tightly winding habit and is a more compact form. This is the only structure in this series so far to have a 'flower' which is constructed from a finely woven copper fabric.
Liana 2 in construction and completed.
Sandra Christie's work will be shown at:
Showborough House April 1st to June 6th 2010 www.showborough.com
OUTSIDE ART June 12th to 27th 2010 Mill Hill, Baginton, Coventry www.outsideart.org.uk