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Kristen Martin-Aarnio

Materials are a big inspiration for my work. I use everything ranging from traditional oil paint to materials taken out of the garbage/recycling bins to make sculptures. Thinking about our environment and our harmful overabundance of garbage, I have been using more discarded items. This includes broken Christmas lights, single-use plastics, fabric fragments, old clothing, netting from vegetable packaging, etc. With these materials, I build abstract environments. I play and arrange the materials in a unique way. References of nature, animals, and structures frequently play out in my work. I blend in my love of color and playfulness to create a surreal place where all these items live and interact with each other.

 

Email:

kristen.martin84@gmail.com

Website 1:

www.kristenmartin-aarnio.com

Instagram:

www.instagram.com/klm42_

 

Snow Floral
Snow Floral

Oil on canvas, 9 x 11 inches, 2021

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A Dream Tangled
A Dream Tangled

Acrylic, toothpicks, paste, ink, fabric, yarn, gel, cardboard, paper, wire, 19 x 19 x 14 inches, 2021

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Worship Nothing
Worship Nothing

Wire, fabric, gel, glue, broken christmas light, paint, yarn, cardboard, thread, 15 x 7 x 10 inches, 2021

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Observing Tower,
Observing Tower,

Toothpicks, yarn, glue, modeling paste, paper, paint, ribbon, 18 x 12 x 10 inches, 2020

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Enchanted Elephant
Enchanted Elephant

Yarn, wire, cardboard, fabric, thread, glue, feather, toothpicks, 20 x 17 x 19 inches, 2021

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Flying & Searching
Flying & Searching

Toothpicks, plastic, glue, modeling paste, feathers, paper, paint, fabric, 25 x 20 x 12 inches, 2020

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