Kristen is a printmaker and textile artist, working out of her studio in Kommetjie. Largely self-taught, Kristen has made art full-time since 2010, and has representation in a number of Cape Town galleries. Kristen spent 2016 working under the guidance of Alma Vorster in her Montebello studio, and since then has worked independently as a printmaker, focusing on relief and drypoint intaglio. Kristen’s interest lies in the unseen moments, overlapping time and simultaneous views of the same subject, and she enjoys experimenting with alternative surfaces, transparency, and mixed techniques.
Kristen’s most recent series Inevitable Life consists of pared-down single block linos, reflecting on choice, connection, control and a lack thereof, the juxtaposition of positive and negative experience and the ever-changing balance of power in our relationships. Here, Kristen uses her subject matter to illustrate her response to her own circumstances, which will inevitably be shared by others, and to the nature of life and the course it takes. Kristen is currently working on a series of reduction lino prints in transparent inks, dealing with perspective and separation.
Kristen started printmaking in early 2016, printing out of the Pangolin Press studio at Montebello Design Centre and more recently out of a private studio in Fish Hoek. She concentrates on linocut (single block, multiple block and reduction linocut) and drypoint intaglio, with traditional techniques such as chine-collé. As with her paintings, Kristen works from her surroundings in the Cape.
Kristen has exhibited in a number of Cape galleries including G2 Art, The Cape Gallery, Kalk Bay Modern, Red Gallery, Hout Bay Gallery, Gallery at Grand Provence, Lindy van Niekerk Art Gallery, Chameleon Gallery (Kalk Bay), Art@Constantia (Groot Constantia) and The Dorp Street Gallery in Stellenbosch.
Junction. 7/30 Limited edition single block linocut print. Edition of 30. 50cm x 35cms (paper size). 39 x 26.5cms (image size). R2705.
Is Anyone There? 3/30 . Limited edition single block linocut print. Edition of 30. 50cm x 35cms (paper size). 40 x 26.5cms (image size). R2705.
Circling Crows 1. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 15.
Circling Crows II. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 30.
Circling Crows III. Limited edition Multi Block Linocut. Paper 29cm x 28cm . Edition of 15.
Klein Slangkop gums. Dry point intaglio print off polypropylene plate on Fabriano Rosaspina. Paper 330 x 700mm
Edition 1/15. R1920
Protea bush after the fire. Linocut print in black and red states on Fabriano Rosaspina. Paper 500 x 400mm
Edition of 30. R1155 each
Burnt leucadendron. Linocut print in black and red states. Paper 420 x 295 mm
Edition of 30. R960 each