Kristin is a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist whose work is generated from found and abandoned objects. She finds new life and beauty in things that have previously lost meaning or value, regenerating them into original one-of-a-kind pieces of extraordinary beauty and intricacy.
Hailing from the Midwest of the United States, Kristin has always been drawn to the idea of renewal and rebirth, as well as the complexity of combining the mundane with the unexpected. But it is perhaps the fundamental question of what constitutes ‘value’ in an object that inspires her the most – what is a ‘useless’ object? What defines something that is ‘broken’ or ‘meaningless’? Moreover, what defines the intrinsic ‘worth’ in a piece? It is this continued search for new meaning, new definitions and new identity in discarded items that can perhaps be identified as the foundation of the scope of her work.
“In all things, I try to recognize the unlovely as the lovely disguised. As an artist, I seek to make something from what seems to be nothing: a discarded box, old clothing, broken glass, or reflector lights…the list is endless. What I love about working with found objects is that the seemingly useless becomes useful; discarded items breathe a new life. Sometimes I have a specific inspiration and sometimes I don’t- what’s critical is simply to begin. Color, texture and image become an expression of feeling, an outpouring of me and I begin to see the world through different eyes. What I have learned and love about creating is the inability to make a mistake. If I am willing to wait for the inspiration or the new idea every decision becomes something useful, positive, beautiful.”
Kristin’s work has been shown both in one-woman-shows and as part of group exhibitions at international shows, museums, galleries and embassies worldwide, and has been acquired as part of several esteemed private collections.
A graduate of DePauw University, Kristin has lived and worked in Paris and Washington, DC for several years. She currently resides in Paris.