" My sculpture Practice focuses on the relationship(s) and interconnectedness of the themes associated with each expression and place. I see the work and artistic expression as developing a consciousness of its own. It is an intersubjective and intuitive process, focusing on “Place Making”, materiality, site responsive, spatial form and environmental integration”.
Christabel spent her early 20’s studying the Arts in New York City An independent studio program at the Whitney Museum of American art led her into creating sculpture.
At age 30 she returned to Australia settling in Somers on the Mornington peninsula. The significant change of environment impacted Christabel's art practice Scale and Materiality shifted and a fusion between man made and the natural form emerged, she took large cypress trunks in primal fashion stripping them back to heart wood and with minimal intervention incised apertures and slits. Her distinctively carved vertical forms can be found at numerous locations on the peninsula Rosebud secondary college Queenscliff ferry terminal Elgee Park Montalto Sculpture Trail where she has been a finalist 13 times and recipient of the major award for her work “ Fingers Crossed” Also a finalist in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi 5 times and Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2014, 2022 Big Sculpture, St Kilda Biennale.
In 2022 Christabel was awarded a Commission from McClelland and ISPT to create an Immersive public art work and one of eight artists selected to create a permanent art installation for the GVRT for 2023.
Christabel’s work is represented in many private collections nationally and internationally.