Kirsten Reynolds, Mixed Media Installation Artist, Newmarket, NH
Reynolds received her Master of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art with a concentration in Studio Arts and Critical Theory, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University with a concentration in Art Video and Sculpture. Between her MA and BFA she continued her studies at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Maine College of Art, and the University of NH at Durham. She received scholarships from the Maine College of Art, The NH Charitable Foundation, and Syracuse University and the Juror’s Choice Award from the Cambridge Art Association.
Recently she participated in Visiting Artist lectures at the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, The Massachusetts College of Art, Maine College of Art and at the Portsmouth Public Library. Reynolds has been adjunct instructor of art for the University of New England and the Chester College of New England and a Continuing Education Instructor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has exhibited her site-specific mixed media installations at The Vox Populi in Philadelphia, ArtSpace in New Haven, Firehouse Gallery in Burlington, Evos Art Center in Lowell, Contemporary Art Center in North Adams, MA and exhibited her two-dimensional work at the Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth.
Currently, she is preparing for a busy 2007 with an exhibit at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, NY. She lives in Newmarket in a house she designed and built along with her husband Peter Lankdon. They are expecting their first child in November. This is Reynolds first Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
In describing her work, she says, “I create installations as theatre, as bizarre site-specific tableaus that evade certain knowing. The elements of an irresolvable narrative, architecture as dynamic and invasive and the comedic grotesque intersect to create a situation that persistently destabilizes unifying interpretations. In this way, the work acts like a joker, clown, or trickster, by posing a problem to catalyze heightened interactivity and multiple interpretations from the viewer”
Reynolds describes the value that a NH Fellowship will hold for her, “The regional and national recognition associated with the State Arts Council Fellowship would stimulate the advance of my career’s future growth by opening new possibilities and contacts for work, initiating new professional relationships, furthering dialogue with the New Hampshire community and promoting connections with state and national exhibit venues. These benefits are pivotal for expanding my contribution to New Hampshire’s growing arts culture as an active, professional artist.”
For more information on Kirsten Reynolds visit:
to 2007 Fellows page
October 10, 2008