Spreading My Wings

Detail of 50,900,000 (Emojis speak louder than words), digital collage, 144" x 36" ©2016 kristen m. watson

Detail of 50,900,000 (Emojis speak louder than words), digital collage, 144" x 36" ©2016 kristen m. watson

Hello Friends, 

I hope you have weathered the winter, sprung forward, and are enjoying the increasing daylight
and temperatures.

I've spent that last few months making art in a completely different way than I ever have before. I've always enjoyed the variety and surprise of working with disparate materials, and I'm beginning to answer the questions, "Why did I decide to be an artist?" and "What do I want to say with my work?". I have begun to clarify and align my objectives and my practice of art-making. This has resulted in rather earth-shaking changes in how I make and present my work.  Stay tuned! 

I'm preparing for a solo exhibition opening May 6 at SPACE Gallery in Burlington. The "Digital Immigrant" (as opposed to digital natives- those who were born after about 1980) exhibit is composed primarily ofinstallation works that speak to my observations of transitioning from an "analog" life to a "digital" life and how that transition has changed how we relate to one another and experience ourselves and the world. More information on the "Digital Immigrant" show will be coming as the opening draws near. 

 I hope to see you at an opening, and thanks, as always, for your continued interest and support.

Northern Woodlands Magazine commissioned a piece to accompany an essay in their Spring 2016 issue. The essay, written by local writer, Charles W. Johnson, reflects upon the disintegration of a pair of old chairs set beside a wooded trail he frequents. The process serves as a metaphor for how, as we age and eventually pass, our purpose and how we see ourselves within our community changes. The Forest Grew Up Around Us is a acrylic, pastel, and collage on paper and can be purchased (original or archival print) on my website. 

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Kristen M. Watson

Kristen makes and teaches art in a broad range of media. She’s a licensed art educator and masters of Art education candidate at St. Michael’s college. She was also recently accepted to the teaching artist roster for Vermont Arts Council. As a teaching artist, Kristen splits her time between her home studio and the classroom. She teaches analog, digital, and stop-motion (claymation) processes to children and adults at Burlington City Arts. She’s also teaches visual arts at Davis Studio, Burlington. Kristen’s work focuses on mixed media painting, analog photography, ceramics, and small scale assemblage. She exhibits her work locally and regionally in both group and solo shows, and has been selected for several juried exhibits. Her work is also held in private collections. She has recently completed an artist residency in mixed media painting at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.