Kristin will be graduating from Yale School of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting/Printmaking this May. She will also be attending the Vermont Studio center this spring and will be included in New American Painting’s MFA Annual #105 which comes out this April. Her work ranges from painting and sculpture to video and installation. Her thesis exhibition in February combined all of these mediums to demonstrate her exploration of ideas through different materials and forms. A wall sculpture, which consisted of 49 modified and constantly running microwaves in a grid constructed of 2x4s, was both mesmerizing and terrifying. The artificial light emitting from the running microwaves combined with the sound of humming created a beautifully orchestrated space providing the viewer with an unfamiliar experience using familiar objects. The other large piece, a 9’x13’ time based installation, consisted of sugar, concrete, bamboo and lighting. Throughout the duration of the piece, the glowing sugar cast bannisters slowly melted and warped; bending and folding over and around the concrete bricks intruding upon the viewers walk path. While both pieces had their own unique presence, they both sought to generate the feeling of a warm and inviting space using domestic objects while also creating a disquieting uneasiness and tension that often lies underneath the surface.
Kristin also included five of her 12”x12” “strip” paintings, which consists of paper that has been shredded, reassembled and adhered to the surface one at a time by hand. She admits that the process, while meticulous and labor intensive, is for the most part meditative, at times, it can prove to be quite nerve wracking. However, she enjoys the play between the violent act of slicing others’ words and documents with the gently and carefully applied act of re-construction. Her making process involves this performative aspect of constantly unveiling and concealing, and it is this theme of dissolution and renewal that can be seen throughout the work.