Kristin Eager Killion is a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist whose work is inspired by found and abandoned objects. She finds new life and beauty in things that have previously lost meaning or value, regenerating them into intricate pieces of art.
From the Midwest, Eager Killion has always been drawn to the idea of renewal and rebirth and to the challenge of combining the mundane with the unexpected. But it is the question of what constitutes “value” in an object that inspires her the most. This continued search for new meaning, definitions, and identity in discarded items can be identified as the foundation of her work.
Eager Killion’s art 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, Eager Killion has lived and worked in Paris, France, and Washington, DC. In 2018 she relocated to New Mexico, drawn by the wide-open spaces and the landscape. Since her move, she’s birthed a new body of work entitled “Tumblers and Trees” where she plays with the transformation of local flora after it becomes brittle and blows away from its roots.
“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.”