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Paula Cristoffanini

Paula was born and raised in Chile. She has lived in Australia since 1970, mostly in Perth. ; Among the influences in her work are her Chilean and Italian heritage, her experience as an immigrant,and as a woman in changing times.

Paula has had a long interest in the visual arts having had her training in the area as a university student in Chile. She has continued nurturing her interest over the years. Paula completed an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts and Craft (Sculpture) from Central TAFE in 2007 and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Art (Arts) at Curtin university as well as pursuing her practice and her interest in public art. She has been based in Margaret River since 2008.

Paula brings a wealth of experience to her practice. In her domestic life she used traditionally feminine pursuits such as knitting, sewing and embroidering to express herself. In a paid capacity, her experiences include a decade of work in drafting.

After completing a degree in Psychology (BSc Hons UWA)Paula joined the public service where she worked in the Australian and West Australian public service in a number of senior roles. Much of her work was in the area of immigration and multicultural affairs and woman's interests.

Paula's work to date includes small and large sculptures in metal and ceramics. Her work is represented in a number of private collections including sculpture parks in the Chittering Valley (Hartley Estate) and Mount Magnet (Wogarno Station). Paula was one of the exhibiting artists
in New Works New Faces 8 and has been a guest artist at the City of Melville Sculpture Walk in 2008 and 2009 and in the Sculpture Park Exhibition Project in 2009.

Paula pursues her own practice, and is actively seeking opportunities for engaging in public art.

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