I’m thrilled to have been invited to show a collection of work for my first solo show at The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.
“Kristy’s exhibition showcases her exploration of domestic life through printmaking, using repetition to represent the often-redundant tasks of feeding a young family. Her works “Spectra” and “Meditations on Mealtime” highlight the beauty in the every day and provide relatable experiences for viewers. Kristy’s personal quote about the exhibition is a testament to her dedication to the art of caretaking and the relatable nature of her works.“
Eric & Julee Katzman have created such a solid sense of community in the short time since they’ve opened Katzman Contemporary Projects. While I’m always thrilled anyone anywhere would like to include my work in exhibition, I truly am honored to be considered peers with the artists in this show.
My work included this year is the first in a series of prints where I am remixing intaglio prints of my kids’ plastic plates with relief block prints of kitchen utensil mark making. The work in this expansive series are studies in texture and form, and commentary on the daily mental gymnastics needed to feed a family of five with varying dietary preferences.
I was thrilled to have a sweet woodcut print included in All Together Now at See/Saw Gallery in Manchester New Hampshire. All Together Now was an open call, salon style exhibition featuring artworks submitted by the artists, then juried and curated by See Saw Art owner, Amy Regan. The print has since been donated to be a part of Rochester Museum of Fine Arts collection. See more information here.
Rachel and I connected via instagram a little more than a year ago and knew that her series of seaweed monoprints and my nature inspired woodblocks; both inspired by early motherhood and the Maine Seacoast; were a great pair. We’re thrilled that Kate at George Marshall agreed and we look forward to seeing them talk to each other in real space and time in the dreamy, light filled, historic gallery on the river. Read the full exhibition description here. The exhibition is running in concert with two other exhibitions, eight artist/mothers in total, about the intersection of caregiving and creating.
I’ve been having a lot of fun making woodblocks and prints inspired by my rowdy tribe of children. At 3, 3, and 5 they are active, vocal, and when they get going it can be hard to redirect their energy. These prints are mostly inspired by pounding on our kitchen table at mealtimes with various utensils and they are, admittedly, very satisfying to make.
This little reel shows the textures made by one minute of each: pounding with a metal straw; sawing with a butter knife; pounding with a toy hammer; and poking with the tines of a fork. I think the fork is my favorite.
It was pretty much a dream come true to have my tedious work about the tedious work of caring for newborn twins selected for the ArtistMother Podcast exhibition in Fort Wayne Indiana, Painting at Night. I was incredibly proud to behold my work alongside so many incredibly talented artist/mothers and to share it with the world in a way that it’s scale could be properly experienced at the beautiful Artlink Fort Wayne Gallery.
I’m so grateful to the curators of Maine Magazine’s arts edition and virtual exhibition, Wren Manly, Patricia King, Hilary Irons, and Dinah Minot. To have my work reviewed by these amazing women and deemed worthy to share as one of 25 Maine artists of 2021 is an honor. I’m equally grateful that they chose to print my words about this series along side the work, to feel seen is a humbling and beautiful thing. See the full work along side the other Maine artists here.
I’m thrilled to have six of my upcycled box prints included in the George Marshall Store Gallery’s inaugural exhibition under new management. The show features the work of six emerging artists with strong ties to Maine, and eclectic and cheerful mix of pottery, painting, printmaking and more centered around the theme of transition.
The work that was selected is an abstract piece called, “No Naps. Night Wandering.” You can read a review of the exhibition and more from curator Sally Dion here.
No Naps/Night Wandering is a 21×31″ abstract woodblock print. It was carved in spring of 2019, when I had 3 month old twins and a 2 year old. The progress was slow, stealing tiny moments of time while all three children napped, or when just one was awake and able to join me on the carpet. When living with infants you become hyper aware of the passing of time, sometimes wishing for it to speed up, other times desperate to commit sweet moments – like the weight of them on your shoulder – to memory. The act of taking a simple gesture, made in fractions of a second, and then carving it so slowly over a matter of months is a way for me to expand time. Each carving session a meditation on a day that is a distant memory now but brought back to the surface when I take in the work.