Kristin Stingle

OKAY SPARK

CONTEMPORARY ART

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA

Artist Statement
Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age when the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. A fine arts degree in theater refined my understanding of imagery and taught me to use gesture as a powerful expressive tool when telling a story. It is through figurative ceramics that I am able to incorporate those skills in order to more powerfully realize my narrative impulse.

While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly emerges. The ultimate goal of my work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity. And, just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, I seamlessly combine discarded relics with my porcelain figures to help tell a story. The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure's journey within each narrative.

Process
All figures are hand-built porcelain stoneware without the use of molds. A straight pin is the primary tool I use to work on the detail in the face, hands and feet. Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, and slips, as well as mark making to achieve a depth of color. After it is fired, I construct and assemble the mixed media elements, which include welding, carpentry, sewing, felting, encaustic, fabric staining, and fabric manipulation.