October 6, 1 - 5 p.m.
Part of the Fall Art Tour: www.actc-mn.org/cagc
Within the Christensen gallery, Vignette employs a few simple devices to create an experience with time and value. Estell was inspired by the linear design of the gallery to create a timeline with a series of changing objects. A collection of live common houseplants covered in gold leaf became these objects. A series of golden vignettes inhabit and stretch across the lengthy wall of the gallery accentuating the feeling of distance and momentum, progression and regression within the spectrum. As the days of the exhibition pass, change will naturally occur in the state of the plants' lives allowing the audience to observe the subtle effects of the material interaction and the explicit nature of decline within this scenario.
Kristina Estell received a B.F.A. in sculpture with distinction from Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
In 2009, Estell was awarded a full scholarship from the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle to study flame working and has been a repeated recipient of grant funding from the McKnight Foundation. Estell has exhibited her work nationally and internationally as well as attended artist residencies within and outside of the USA. Recently, Estell was selected by artist Dan Graham to receive a full fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany for a ten month visual arts residency. Estell currently lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota.http://www.kristinaestell.com