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After completing a BA honors degree in painting, Corinna pursued a printmaking postgraduate degree in the UK. It was during this time that Corinna was impacted by the German Expressionists, whose works, particularly in printmaking, left an indelible impression on her. She has dedicated many subsequent years to developing her work in etching and other forms of printmaking. Today, printmaking continues to be a medium that intrigues her and is hugely influential in the way she approaches her painting and sculpture.

During Corinna’s years in Chicago (2010 – 2016) she was able to expand her work in both printmaking and painting — often combining elements of both in one piece. To develop a painting or drawing she uses her prints as the starting point, which are often worked into a painting using collage and printed impressions from fabrics and embossed papers. She then use printmaking tools, such as rollers, squeegees and scrapers, to apply paint. Her clay-based sculptures are also layered and imprinted with fabric patterns; a variety of stampings and tooled marks give their surfaces the appearance of “etched lines.”

People are the subjects of her work and she is intrigued by moments that, despite initially appearing quite commonplace, are (for her) charged with great significance and meaning. Her inspiration is drawn from experiences or predicaments she encounters in daily life, such as social gatherings, images from social media and words from a song or a poem. All these generate ideas for themes that she can build upon, “dress-up” and weave into her work. Corinna composes figures either in groupings or as a single figure or just a face. Her aim is not to create exact likenesses, but rather to create prototypical or archetypal figures whose personality or identity is both partly exposed and partly hidden beneath the surface. Everything about the way she works (both technique and subject) is motivated by the desire to reveal or “bring something to light.” Thus her process involves layering then scraping back, building then excavating; otherwise, peeling back layers to “carve out” and reveal something hidden beneath the surface.

It is through these painted, sculpted or printed figures that Corinna wishes to project recognisable aspects of human experience. She wants to compel and to draw the viewer in for a closer look beyond the surface.