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Christine Elks – Certificate of Art & Creativity student

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“I have thoroughly enjoyed the transition from retired housewife, to art student, to exhibitor.”

Christine Elks

©2016 Blue thoughts on White Milk
Materials: Dark and light blue milk bottle tops, 24 pizza spacers, glue, cardboard and a mirror.


Artist’s statement: This was my first time collaborating with other artists, so I felt 'scared' and 'honoured' at the same time. I was working on an assemblage in a TLC class, and felt this piece would turn into something – then the light bulb moment occurred. The idea for this experimental piece came about when I found one of those pages – you know the type where it shows 1000+ things you can do with...(in this case) bottle tops. That interested me, and I looked more into the dairy side and saw how many dairy farms there are in New Zealand. I thought about milk, did some research online and then started thinking about all the pollution – all the plastic bottles we as a country were producing, and whether they were in fact getting recycled. Although milk’s a good product, there’s just so much pollution going on in dairy farming. The white plastic spacers are from a pizza box. My piece is not just recycled art; I hoped to make people think.

Exhibition tip: “First find time. And then find some commitment. Have good communication with all the people you’re doing the show with.”


To find out more about The Learning Connexion’s Creativity and Art Certificate and Diploma programmes call us on 0800 278 769 or request a prospectus.

See more of Christine Elk’s work at www.facebook.com/nurturingnatures.


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