Christina was born in Victoria and raised in South Australia, she grew up amid the active art scene of the late 1960's and 70's.
Early childhood coloring-in books (Disney were the best), evolved into drawing and at 7 years of age she was selling her drawings for 20 cents for feature of her works on admirer's fridges.
In her 20's she achieved her Certificate of Art, followed by her BA of Visual Arts, Uni SA. Many years of arts practice saw brief teaching jobs, commission work, experimental art installation exhibitions – both outside and in mainstream, and community contribution.
In 2009 Christina was accepted into RMIT'S Master of Fine Art Program in Melbourne, Australia of which has confirmed for her that being an outsider is not a bad thing!
Artwork from Empty Nest Exhibition
Christina Kerkvliet Goddard is now presenting a retrospective exhibition at Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door Gallery. The exhibition is described as an opportunity for Christina to empty her home studio of art works, to thereby facilitate the creation of an empty nest and reinforcing the reflective stage she has reached in her life.
She relates, "In my empty nest I am surrounded by 'house music' via waves of colour; singing memories that bounce off bare walls now clear of muddy traffic and gothic glares; filtering down, into the next generation where welcome little hand prints linger longer on their heritage glass. Here I can dance, love, sing and take flight, free from conformity and restraint. Regeneration and new life is at hand."
Opening Night with centre piece artwork Crow's Nest
The Empty Nest exhibition was opened on April 12th, with an event attended by many of the artists family and admirers.
The empty nest theme was touched on by the opening night speaker John Hill, retired Health and Arts minister. John spoke of the twenty-five years of work of the artist and ensuing perspective of time.
The artworks on view uses a variety of media including knits, weaving, sculpture, drills, drawings, paintings, plays and denotes comment on the many stations encountered throughout Christina's domestic and professional journey.
The exhibition is on from April 1 until May 28, 2014.
The exhibition space is the Fox Creek Wines Cellar Door. This venue has a homestead feel about it, with its deep verandah out the back, slate windowsills and fireplaces. It also has a delightful cottage garden and some top wines on offer.