My work examines the influence of agricultural and pharmaceutical corporations on our food supply, and consider the connection between corporate interests and public health. Using appropriation, distortion, and redaction I explore the complex relationship between economy and ecology. I have recently broadened my interest into the area of facial recognition technology and its impact on individual privacy and psychological health.
I am engaged in the intersection between art and science and the potential for art to bring new perspectives to contemporary scientific issues. With drawing as my primary medium, I use gouache, graphite, ink, and collage to create hybridized versions of seemingly familiar yet peculiar scenarios. I also have worked with text-based embroidery, site-responsive installations, and manipulated audio loops. Using reference materials such as vintage medical books, 20th century agricultural magazines, USDA promotional videos, and mid-century chemical company print advertisements, I strive to create elegant environments within the context of disturbing genetic realities.
Kirsten Stolle was raised in Massachusetts, lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years, and currently lives in Western North Carolina. Kirsten is a visual artist working in the mediums of drawing and mixed media and has most recently explored installation and sound environments. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, (San Jose, CA), Crocker Art Museum, (Sacramento, CA), and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, (Minneapolis, MN).
Exhibitions include The Turchin Center for Visual Arts/Appalachian State University (NC), University of North Carolina (NC), Torpedo Factory (VA), Roos Arts (NY), San Jose Museum of Art (CA), William King Museum (VA), Monterey Museum of Art (CA), Crocker Art Museum(CA), Hunterdon Museum of Art (NJ), Truman State University (MO), Tweed Museum of Art (MN), Riverside Art Museum (CA), Triton Museum of Art (CA), Dolby Chadwick Gallery (CA), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, (NYC) and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (LA).
Her drawings have been published in Made In Mind Magazine (Italy), Poetry Magazine, Vhcle Magazine (CA), DIALOGIST, Slice (NYC), Manifest International Drawing Annual (INDA 7), New American Paintings (MA), Ignatian Literary Magazine (CA), ElevenEleven (CA) and Hayden’s Ferry Review (AZ), Spolia Literary Magazine (NYC). She is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Dave Bown Project Award, as well as grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Artists’ Fellowship Inc., Puffin Foundation, Change Inc., and the Creative Capacity Fund. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, Spiro Arts Center, Anderson Center, and Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
Stolle received a BA in Visual Arts from Framingham State College, and completed studies at Richmond College (London, England) and Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA).