About The Artist

Growing up in Iowa, Kristen attended The University of Iowa, and graduated with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Self-taught, she was inspired to begin painting in Chicago, while working at Getty Images. 


Selected exhibitions include The School of the Art Institute, ARC Gallery, Judith Racht Gallery, Northwestern University, Polvo, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Midwestern Biennial at The Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Skylab Modern Art in Laguna Beach, CA. 


In 2009, Kristen was awarded Best in Show at the Beverly Hills Art Fair in Los Angeles. 
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, 1991, BA 
Communication Studies and Anthropology


In 2009, Kristen was awarded Best in Show at the Beverly Hills Art Fair in Los Angeles.


Artist's Statement

Fascinated with both nature and urban environments, I attempt to capture delicate details and cycles of transformation that often occur in everyday moments. Buildings are torn down, branches suddenly bloom, objects are left behind, and people come and go. In my art, I'm addressing the fleeting feelings of isolation and comfort that can result in these periods of change and stasis, and the sense of wonder that the world and its movements give me.

I combine multiple artistic mediums in my paintings while experimenting with collage using recycled vintage magazines and my own photography sliced up into fragments. The textures and repetitive shapes reflect a pattern of days and years going by that also look back at the past and what events have happened before. My work searches for calmness in the uncertainty of the future.

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