Christie Brown trained in ceramics at Harrow School of Art, and from 1993 to 2016 she taught on the BA, MA and PhD programmes at the University of Westminster, where she continues as an Emerita Professor of Ceramics in the Ceramics Research Centre UK (CRC-UK) within CREAM. She was Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded project Ceramics in the Expanded Field, awarded to the CRC-UK in 2011, with her colleague Professor Clare Twomey.
Her figurative ceramic sculpture explores connections between historic artefacts, archaeology and psychoanalysis, as well as the mythology, narrative and symbolism associated with clay. The sculpture is often theme or site-specific, informed by the relevance of museum collections to contemporary art. Referencing uncanny representations of the human, such as mannequins, dolls and puppets, she creates clay figures from free-built and press moulded elements, which reflect the complexity of identity and otherness, and allow exploration of the nature of repetition.
Recent installations include DreamWork at the Freud Museum and Ludus Est at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Brown has frequently lectured at international conferences and exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Her work is featured in several private and public collections in Europe and the USA.
Art and Society
Explored through performance, installation, and ceramics, and between art and science, the diverse practices of CREAM researchers in this area are drawn together for their emphasis on critical and collective engagements with the question and role of art and society.