• Chrissie Calvert

Practice Statement

Updated: May 13



I work with imperfect materials. I find that painting on unique surfaces allows for the surface to play a more active role in the painting. In this way, I allow the material to have some agency over the outcome of the work.


Storytelling is a big part of my creative practice. I like to create works which have an escapist element. It is a personal challenge of mine to create work where the image and material used in my process work harmoniously to set a vivid scene, which is different from the here and now.


We don’t live in a perfect world, but sometimes the imperfections themselves are the most interesting and often the most overlooked parts. My work is simply a nod to the imperfect, and its power to stimulate the imagination.



My studio space.


Coconut mat ready to be painted.


Coconut mat getting its first PVA layer.


The start of another work.


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