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Artist ID: 2548

The photographic exploration now known as “Reflections, Refractions and Relativities” (fondly called “Icekance”) began with a fascination with winterlight’s dance with water as I smashed and cleared the ice off of frozen horse troughs during a polar vortex. The fantastical imagery was a by-product (reward!) of the efforts of accessing the drinkable, lifegiving water beneath. “Icekance” expanded, as water does when frozen, when I began to use the actual ice slabs as a camera lens to the world around me. The fractured dance between light, ice and subject, rather than digital manipulation, forms the worlds reflected and implied.
The creation process itself is a dance between control and surrender. I’ve learned to carefully select my slabs and to consider how landscapes will interact with the forms in the ice. But only the winds and rolling temperatures and even the animals visiting in the night control the voice of the ice itself. After wide-ranging experimentation with printing and surface treatments, printing on metal proves the perfect support for the intention and vision.

The images tell me a story, sometimes many. Perhaps they tell you different tales. They challenge me to explore issues of permanence and change, heritage and history, personal and global health. Each speaks to the urgency of the climate crisis- the ice that shaped them was formed and shattered during the polar vortex, that increasingly frequent hallmark of climate change.

May each image be a call to action against climate change, a warning against an unspeakable future, and a celebration of the beauty and wonder in the world we are challenged to preserve.

Born in Lexington, KY, Kirsten comes to art with a varied and unconventional background. Kirsten is a self-taught artist creating in photography, painting and mixed media. A lifelong career training horses, their humans and tending to the land taught her observation, appreciation of essence, and stewardship. These both inform and are often central subjects of her art. Her BS in Biology and Geology provide a solid foundation for understanding what is, and for imagining what could be. Her BA in Comparative Religion feeds her eternal awe of the numinous.

Kirsten’s work is often seen in locally and nationally juried exhibitions, and in group and solo shows. Her two 177"x36" mosaic designs sparkle on local park bridges as anchors of a community arts installation. Her ongoing project, Picture Wild Ponies, looks at wild horse management on public lands by focusing an artistic lens at the Assateague and Chincoteague pony herds. Kirsten currently creates on her horse farm in wild, wonderful West Virginia.

Kirsten’s “Reflections, Refractions and Relativities” series (fondly called “Icekance”) began with a fascination with winterlight’s dance with water, as she smashed and cleared the ice off of frozen horse troughs on her West Virginia farm. “Icekance” expanded, as water does when frozen, when she began to use the actual ice slabs as a photographic lens to the world around her. The fractured dance between light, ice and subject, rather than digital manipulation, forms the worlds reflected and implied. The creation process itself is a dance between control and surrender. While she selects slabs considering how landscapes will interact with the forms in the ice, only the winds and rolling temperatures and even the animals visiting in the night, control the ice itself.

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