Kristen Young Artist Statement
I paint focusing on the texture, color and carefree or childlike representation of images. I try to communicate with the play between positive and negative space that exists. Photographs that I have taken or images formed in my imagination from books that I’ve read become a rich source for inspiration. the Artist that I feel have recently influenced my work areVincent Van Gogh, Dr Suess, Georgia O’Keefe and John Lurie. I received a Bachelor of Arts with a concencentration in painting in 2003. My enthusiasim and curiosity for creativity inspires me to see the best in others and myself.
I am honored to paint a series of 10 images that will be focused on the Bear by Andrew Krivak as part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program.
We have become a world that is compass centered around figuring everything out and making, and or depending on devices that keep everything in sync. This book turns the modern world inside out, and gives you the perspective of relying on the natural world, and becoming in tune to its functions in all its intricacies to survive with only a little help from human made devices such as a compass, bow and arrow
This book creates a space of natural understanding, and learning where you can escape from the world of overstimulation. In my paintings, I am trying to reflect these ideas in the images. I create with primary colors and simplified form. I have also used collage, incorporating, stained glass, sheet music, literature, and maps.
Moon and Tide
In “The Bear,” the moon and tide are referenced how they affect one another. Also, the moon is used as a way for them to tell time, and quite often the girl references it in her travels. I chose to have the moon reflecting in the water in remembrance of her mourning her father’s death and the long period of time she slept without knowing the passing of time.
The Bear Story
This painting is about the repetition of stories in this book and the passing down of information through nature which also mirrors that of a story or a song when animals communicate. I feel like this painting portraits a beautiful balance of nature that tells a story when you look at the images inside it.
I hope the viewers feel as though they are looking at a Fairy Tale.
The Bear End
I created this piece from a photograph my Grandfather, Ralph Rehder, took in Yellowstone in October of 1948. The Bear was standing on a log which reminded me of how he stands on the relics or bones of the past. He got to that point by following the stories of those that came before him. A very beautiful image of communication between the ancestors, both animal and human in sync with the communication of the planet.