ARTIST STATEMENT Through these images I seek to share an experience of the deep beauty of the natural world, evoke a feeling of recognition, or re-membering an intuitive intimacy with natural spaces. This recognition is described by the Sanskrit term, Bhav, translated by linguistics scholars as “the light that illuminates remembering.” The elimination of color helps to reveal the paradox of the fragile but ultimate power of nature. The subject of this artwork is often protected spaces such as National and State Parks. A portion of proceeds are donated to related land trusts conservation advocacy groups. PROCESS These landscape drawings use charcoal on acid-free paper. The paper is carefully prepared with an even wash of charcoal powder, and detailed renderings are created on this neutral ground through addition and reduction of material in a sculpture like drawing technique. I spend time immersed in a landscape for days or weeks and final works are created on site and from reference materials in the studio.
ARTIST BIO Kristen Mitchell was born in Chenango County in rural upstate New York. She earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2001 and an MBA from the University of Utah in 2010. She has worked as a designer, marketing manager, brand director and consultant for outdoor lifestyle and natural products brands such as Roxy, Skis Dynastar, RAMP Sports, Nature’s Life, In-Studio Design and currently works as a brand manager for KAL.
She sits on the Summit County Public Art Board and served two terms as board chair, helping to facilitate a 1% of Capital Projects for Art policy. She was a juror for the Utah Film Festival and the Summit Arts Showcase and presented at the 2017 Project ABC Summit where 80 community leaders came together to learn, share, celebrate, and plan for the future of Arts and Culture in Summit County.