Kristina is a visual artist and performer and is drawn to creative projects that will combine both of these passions. She has exhibited her sculpture in venues around the Midwest and Twin Cities and was a recipient of a Jerome Fiber Art Project Grant for 2010-2011 at the MN Textile Center. Her performance work includes: The Memory Box of the Sister's Fox and The Theater of the Tiny Clandestines with The Winding Sheet Outfit; Works In Progress My Life Is All But Over at the Red Eye Theatre; and 8 shows with Sandbox: including War with the Newts (2007 and 2015), This Is a World to Live In, 600 Years, In The Treetops, and as a project lead and designer in The Little Pilot. She was also involved in remounts of Theater of the Tiny Clandestines with The Winding Sheet Outfit which received a Knight Foundation Grant in 2015, and My Life Is All But Over in Winona, MN.
She was a featured artist in 3 art shows in 2017: St. Catherine University in January, Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA in February, and The Phipps Galleries in Hudson, WI in May. Related to that, she was a juror for "Framework: National Juried Art Exhibition" at Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids, IA this past October.
Kristina is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a MAED in Art and Theater Education, an ensemble member of Sandbox Theatre and a founding member of The Winding Sheet Outfit. Much of her fiber work is represented by Gilded Pear Gallery in Cedar Rapids, IA. When not creating visual art or devised theater, she also creates colorful jewelry and paper goods under the shop “Handmade by Kristina.”
Upcoming projects include: performance and installation with The Theater of the Tiny Clandestines for 2018 Art Shanties on Lake Harriet and planning for the performance/installation "The Golden Record Project" with Sandbox Theatre.
The inspiration and ideas behind my work have been greatly influenced by my fascination and love of the night sky, specifically the images seen through the Hubble Telescope. Images of the Milky Way and star clusters give an impression of movement, not of themselves but through time as their light arcs across the night sky and finally fades to morning. The contradiction of static imagery moving becomes central to the composition. I chose the sheer fabrics and papers to explore the way light and shadow become part of that movement. The finished piece is an organic, somewhat simple, abstraction of the original image or theme, but the bent wire holds a tension that cannot be duplicated on canvas. My hope is that this work will continue to help me explore my scope of textures, colors, shapes, and compositions in as many vast and unexplored ways as the night sky itself.