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Since completing here MFA in 2005 Kristin has worked as a full time artist. She is the recipient of two Saskatchewan Arts Boards grants and is included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, The Saskatchewan Arts Board and Citibank Canada. She has taught courses with the Department of Art & Art History and the Community Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan and led children?s art workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. Kristin is also represented by Galerie Trois Points in Montreal and Gallery Jones, in Vancouver.
My watercolour and gouache paintings explore contemporary political themes, ecological motifs, and personal narratives through the lens of folktales, dreams, and magical realism. In these delicately painted tableaus, a world is revealed wherein dream logic pervades, where women swim with narwhals and vivify hand-knit fauna. These eccentric landscapes are uncanny projections of a possible world where familiar activities are imbued with a mythic quality while, at the same time, extraordinary deeds are carried out with unruffled poise by proud, unconventional heroines.
My aim is to create contemporary fairy tales that act as a medium through which we may consider our ethical obligations to the natural world and to each other. Retelling and reshaping stories helps us to understand how we are entangled, where we meet, and how our differences may be viewed as disguises of our sameness. While these watercolours are inspired by specific events and stories, in composing them I try to leave some of the responsibility for interpretation with the viewer.