Christine Dixie has made a philosophical habit of juxtaposing one story against another, leaving the viewer with a sense that they are caught at the intersection of destabilizing narratives. Thematically her works embrace feminist concerns of representation as well as critical interrogations of a colonial landscape tradition. Dixie’s works are founded in historicity while simultaneously highlighting universal contemporary notions and existences. The entwined relationship between space, politics of landscape and the performance and construction of gender are used to reveal underlying social and cultural dynamics.
Dixie is a printmaker with particular skills in etching, she also extends the boundaries of her medium by working in installation and video, utilizing a variety of matrixes and materials. She completed her under-graduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and graduated with her MFA from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Fine Art Department at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. In 2007 she had a mid-career retrospective exhibition Corporeal Prospects that was held at The Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
She has had numerous solo exhibitions; The Gendered Gaze (1993), FrontTears (1997), Track (2000), Hide (2002), Parturient Prospects (2007), The Binding (2010), To Be King (2015) and The Santiago Cross: Invisible Trade (2018). Her international group shows include Earth Matters: Earth as Material and Metaphor curated by Dr. Karen Milbourne (2007) and The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists curated by Simon Njami (2012), both of which opened at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Her installation To Be King was part of the Personal Structures exhibited at Palazzo Bembo in Venice (2017), The International Festival at the Coronet Cinema in London and the Kaunas in Art Festival in Lithuania (2018).
Her work is included in national and international collections including The New York Public Library, The Smith¬sonian National Museum of African Art, The Standard Bank Gallery, The Johannesburg Art gallery, The Durban Art Gallery and the Iziko National Museum of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum of Art.