Print, 2D mixed media artist
Kristina studied Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices at Dundee University, Scotland, graduating with BA(hons) in 2007. After graduating Kristina lived in Edinburgh for nine years where she worked in Steiner art and craft day centers for people with learning disabilities and enjoyed renting a shared artist space within the Meadowbank artist community. Kristina exhibited widely in Scotland, including having work accepted into the Royal Scottish Academy. Further afield, Kristina has undertaken a month long residency in Iceland to focus on the rhythms and complexities found in the rock formations which led to a touring exhibition of Iceland. Her work has also been shown in Melbourne, Australia as a solo exhibition and has also been sold as part of a charity auction to fund raise for the Cunningham Dax gallery in Melbourne. Kristina came to Devon in 2016 and has since exhibited in Derby as part of a print-makers exchange programme which included artists from around the world.
In her most recent works, Kristina has been inspired by the rhythms, beauty and intricacies of snakes and birds and worked in print using found, disguarded, feathers and snakeskin, alongside mark making with pencils and gold leaf. Both birds and snakes are powerful archetypal creatures that have a deep connection and resonance within that the human mind and are creatures which often appear in our stories and mythologies. Snakes are powerful symbols of creativity, the cycle of birth, life and death and fertility. Birds speak of freedom, play and are sometimes thought of as messengers between humans and the divine. Both animals seem to have links in our stories to healing, transformation and the spiritual world. In her new works Kristina explores these themes and the relationship between the human psyche and these powerful animals and what magic they may have to teach us.