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Christine Dixie

Date: born 1966, South Africa
Christine Dixie was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1966. She received her B.F.A. from the University of the Witwatersrand and both her post-graduate degree and M.F.A from the University of Cape Town in 1993.

Dixie is an artist of formidable technical skill in etching and printmaking, who challenges the boundaries of her own medium by working in installation or by using a variety of matrixes and materials. However, even as an evocative and intellectually rigorous printmaker, her works on paper and installations have received little attention outside South Africa’s borders. Nevertheless, within South Africa she commands deep respect and her impressive range of works have been the focus of scholarship by David Bunn, Brenda Schmahmann and Clive van den Berg.

Thematically her works embrace feminist concerns as well as critical interrogations of a colonial landscape tradition. Her exhibition The Binding examines the role played by sacrifice in the establishment of male identity.

Her work has been on numerous national and international group exhibitions. Solo exhibits have included The Binding in Gallery AOP, Johannesburg 2010); Corporeal Prospects at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg (2007); Parturient Prospects at the Durban Art Museum (2007); and Hide at the Millennium Gallery, Johannesburg (2001). In addition to previous works, the installation The Binding has been acquired by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Dixie is currently a Senior lecturer in the Fine Art Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa.
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