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Kristen Martincic

Columbia, MO

Artist Statement

I am captivated by water and how it can be a space, a color, a feeling, a container. I use swimming pools and objects associated with water to meditate on water’s translucency and the act of swimming. My poolscapes deconstruct & extract elements from the lap pool; bending, cutting and rearranging lane lines, tile, and even the water itself. These surreal, futile pools are spliced together and blur horizon & aerial views to shift perspective.

My work moves in & out of the rectangle using a hybrid of printmaking, drawing, and painting. I print thin layers of oil-based ink onto translucent Japanese papers which are then collaged onto geometric plywood forms to create luminous gradients of water. Both subtle & dramatic shifts reveal how the color of water changes depending upon its depth, the angle of the light, and its structural surroundings. In this way, I invite the viewer to contemplate the visceral sensation of being in water.

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Artist Biography

Kristen Martincic is a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of printmaking, painting, and sculpture. Her artwork considers the psychological and visceral experience of swimming and has been widely shown in solo & group exhibitions. Venues include San Jose Museum of Quilt & Textiles, Editions/Artists' Book Fair NYC, International Print Center New York, American University in Egypt, Indiana University Art Museum & The Print Center in Philadelphia. Her work is in several public collections, including the Sheldon Museum of Art, Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Fidelity Investments & the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She has been a resident artist at Jentel, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Prairie Center of the Arts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts & KHN Center for the Arts. She frequently presents lectures, workshops, and demonstrations, most recently at California State University Stanislaus, Kansas City Art Institute, Oberlin College, Penland School of Crafts & Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Noteworthy interviews and editorials have included The Jealous Curator Art for Your Ears Podcast, Frankie Mag, The Baffler & Les Echos Weekend. Martincic earned a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently based in Columbia, Missouri.



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