Kristin Schimik is a sculptor originally from Michigan, who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Her ceramic work and mixed-media installation explores cosmography with an emphasis on the tactility of form. Her recent constructions center on providing, through bodily movement, a sense of space as patterns of light and mass. Schimik has been an Artist in Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and the Holter Museum of Art in Montana, Umdang Ceramics in Thailand, and was recently a Resident Artist in Spatial Art at San Jose State University in California. She has served two terms with AmeriCorps: one working on stream restoration with the Watershed Stewards Project and the second working in community restoration with youth through the creation of ceramic tile murals for public spaces in Del Norte County, California. Kristin holds a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Michigan University and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship by the University of Florida while earning her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture in 2010.
Statement: Geological and cosmographical in form, my work is centered around an interest in the dynamic transformation of materials within the context of deep time. This dynamic occurs on several levels to include physical energy exchange and recycling of chemical elements, vapors, minerals, and also the spiritual energy permeating and enlivening all things in a great evolving universal system. At the existential level, global culture experiences pressure to transcend current social values that emphasize growth, wealth, and power via resource extraction and depletion of vital ecosystems.
Visit Kristin's website for more images: 1: http://kristin-schimik.weebly.com/ceramic-sculpture-1.html
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