The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.
Through a process of examination and re-contextualisation, Kristen transforms mundane subjects into larger social concerns. During her stay at the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency, she will complete an installation in textiles. This installation will be comprised of the creation/re-production of more than 100 white woven crushed ‘cone style’ paper cups made of cotton and wax. These cotton cups will be woven on a floor loom beforehand, but dipped in wax, assembled and ‘crushed’ while in residence. Once crushed, these cups will later be installed in a gallery setting. They aim to represent a sort of ‘hand-made overflow’ of administrative activity or ‘water cooler culture’.
“I am interested in the slow decline in use of paper products within our everyday urban landscapes,” said Kristin. “These cups can be found in limited locals such as in dentist’s office’ and other medical or industrial facilities.”
This new work will culminate her ongoing series of woven paper products, from reproductions of paper towels in 2012, to series’ of lined, graph, legal, stave, and copy papers.
Born in Ajax Ontario, Kristin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA at Concordia University (2014). Kristen completed a Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney Australia (2015) and has participated in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2008). She has exhibited work in Canada at Parisian Laundry and Skol (Montréal), Winnipeg Art Gallery, La Maison des artistes visuels francophone, Plug In ICA, Actual and RAW Gallery (Winnipeg). Her work has shown internationally at Museo Textil de Oaxaca in Oaxaca, México. Kristin is currently on the board of the Winnipeg Arts Council and has been a mentor for women identified artists at MAWA. She has served on the board of directors of the Manitoba Craft Council and the Manitoba Printmakers Association Inc. Her work is represented by Lisa Kehler Art + Projects and is in private collections and the collections of Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Heading out to Riding Mountain?
Connect with Kristin on Thursday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m at the Wasagaming Community Arts Centre.