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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.



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