Cover of Art Map Burlington, May 2016

Great news! The assemblage, Visage I, was chosen to be featured on the cover of Art Map Burlington for May 2016. Currently part of the collection of Mark Waskow, the piece was created in 2013 and shown at the Burlington City Arts instructor pop up exhibition at that years South End Art Hop along with other pieces from the Pharma series. check out more of this series by clicking on an image.

 

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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 is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. 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 and installations. 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 completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

On View Now

Love & Sunshine (Adolescence),  tissue paper collage on board with magazine reproduction of paintings by unknown artist, 12 x 12", ©2015 kristen m. watson

Love & Sunshine (Adolescence), tissue paper collage on board with magazine reproduction of paintings by unknown artist, 12 x 12", ©2015 kristen m. watson

Love and Sunshine (Adolescence), a piece from the Stratum series, was featured in this week's ArtBizBlog post written by Colorado-based art business consultant Alyson Stanfield.

Works from the Stratum series (seen above) as well as selected paintings are on view now through mid-May at the Innovation Center in Burlington, VT. Curated by SEABA. 

Opening April 1st
Selected assemblages will be on view at the SEABA Members' Show. Opening Reception will be April 1st from 5-8pm, and the show runs through June 23, 2016.
I hope to see you there!

 

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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 is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. 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 and installations. 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 completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

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 is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. 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 and installations. 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 completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.

Feeling Abundance: Gathering, Observing, Reflecting, Creating

A panoramic view of the western side of my live/work space at Rensing Center. 

A panoramic view of the western side of my live/work space at Rensing Center. 

It's been a time rich in observation, reflection, and transformation these past weeks at the Rensing Center. So much has unfolded I can't possibly describe it all. Here are some highlights...

The frog pond behind the Pottery (the live/work studio space in which I'm residing while at Rensing).

The frog pond behind the Pottery (the live/work studio space in which I'm residing while at Rensing).

I've been gathering inspiration by observing nature, having important and stimulating (and often humorous!) conversations with fellow artists, and just sitting, literally, to observe moments unfolding and noticing the abundance and order of life.

This contemplation and noticing is such an important element in my studio practice, the work that comes from it, and my life. I watch the spiders, centipedes, and butterflies do their work, then I go to work.  

A night's work for this thorny looking little guy. 

A night's work for this thorny looking little guy. 

Butterflies visit the Lantana plants daily in the Pottery garden. 

Butterflies visit the Lantana plants daily in the Pottery garden. 

 I've been journaling about my own studio practice, methods, materials, etc. I've been experimenting with it all and indulging every artistic whim as it comes without too much concern for the outcome at this point. This place is overflowing with materials, both natural and man-made, ripe with potential. I've been trying to utilize as much as I can- like the giant ball of thread scraps I discovered in a cabinet, likely left by a former resident. With it I created the piece below.

Untitled, 2015, 18x24 in. acrylic, conté crayon, pastel on paper. ©2015 kristenmwatson

Untitled, 2015, 18x24 in. acrylic, conté crayon, pastel on paper. ©2015 kristenmwatson

Untitled, 24x36 in. found thread scraps, centipede and snail remains, acrylic and pastel on paper. ©2015 kristen m. watson

Untitled, 24x36 in. found thread scraps, centipede and snail remains, acrylic and pastel on paper. ©2015 kristen m. watson

I unearthed a pile of metal heating grates that were repurposed as stencils. I've been experimenting with spray enamel on canvas and paper. 

Untitled work in progress, 24x24 in. acrylic and enamel on canvas. ©2015 kristen m. watson.

Untitled work in progress, 24x24 in. acrylic and enamel on canvas. ©2015 kristen m. watson.

Work in progress, spray enamel in altered book, 9x6 in. ©2015 kristen m. watson

Work in progress, spray enamel in altered book, 9x6 in. ©2015 kristen m. watson

I've also spent some time on the weekends touring the area and meeting a great diversity of upstate residents. From a silent hike led by a wonderful yoga instructor, to the Drinking Liberals social group (quite a few Bernie fans here) at nearby Clemson University, to the Civil War re-enactors, the virtuosic fiddlers who carry on the Scotch-Irish and Appalachian music tradition, the colorful characters at the weekly flea market, and the members of Soapstone Church (a black church founded by freed slaves and stewarded currently by their descendants), I can say that I've experienced a cross-section of the complex place that is upstate South Carolina.  I've posted photo albums on facebook so check it out. 

The abundance (an word/idea I've been working with since my arrival) of insight and ideas I'll bring home with me is daily revealing itself, and for that I'm unspeakably grateful. 

The ubiquitous, generic glass vase (I think every house has at least one), a typical flea market find, and unusual (to me) pine cones I gathered are making for an interesting assemblage. Untitled, acrylic paint and medium, glass, found objects. ©2015 kristen m. watson.

The ubiquitous, generic glass vase (I think every house has at least one), a typical flea market find, and unusual (to me) pine cones I gathered are making for an interesting assemblage. Untitled, acrylic paint and medium, glass, found objects. ©2015 kristen m. watson.

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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 is also a member of the Vermont Arts Council teaching artist roster. 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 and installations. 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 completed artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont and Rensing Center, South Carolina.