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CHÉ FINCH | BIOGRAPHY

I Love the Water Too copyright Ché Finch

Ché Finch is a British South African artist known for her abstract sculpted ceramic vessels and paintings which explore conceptual subjects through colour and texture; often honouring defining moments in life.

Born in South Africa to parents of Scottish and French decent, Later being adopted to British parents of Northern and Jewish decent; moving to and studying in the UK as a teenager. These multifaceted subtle influences  have imparted an indelible influence on Ché Finch's work. Alongside the experiential nature of vast vistas, heat searing from the ground and a sense of otherness that is born from  traversing and immersing oneself in the natural environment; alongside the incumbent nature of growing up in South Africa.

Her work is predominantly conceptual.

“My work is immersive, depicting states of mind which are of the moment, as much as concepts. There are also meditative qualities during the making process of the vases; tactile, auditory and internal which lend themselves to a gradual exploration of memories, visuals and concepts.​

Historically I had a keen interest in visual disturbance; in placing a line or mark where it might not work or might not please, and in what possible new visual signatures arose from this process. With my earlier processes centring around reducing visual noise in order to focus on key elements (which resulted in more abstract work). This was in part influenced by earlier experiences working briefly as a tutor in African Rhythmic Structures; which uses a core rhythmic structure as a vehicle to innovate complex sound (enabling all those incredible polyrhythmic tribal riffs); the music was intrinsically conceptual and imprinted on my DNA, surfacing and lending itself to creating works of art decades later. 

I am also interested in environments that have the potential to cultivate intense focus and the facilitation of 'deep work', and in neuroplasticity. Which is born out of traversing my native South African landscape as a child, and later the Norfolk Broads.

Sublimity of nature indelibly printed. ​

Currently I'm creating works that honour meaningful discussions I've had with my brother in South Africa for over twenty five years around social justice, grace and convergence.

Do what counts, the rest is noise". 

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