Artist Statement Submitted 2014
Kristin Casaletto's artwork charts an aggressive exploration of the ethics and politics of race, class, gender, and citizenship in a Super Power nation. Her art springs from an impulse to draw, both as a means of contemplation and of action. The work, often monumentally scaled, fuses high-art materials and techniques with less orthodox materials such as food, insects, digital media, and found objects. Her current work includes two series. "Self-Portraits as America" consists of paintings, prints, and sculptures that use images of herself, as representative of the average citizen, to make sophisticated fun of contemporary selfie culture and materialist values by playing with vanity, insularity, and high-vs. low-brow culture. The "American Parable" series offers secular parables for our time. These unconventional prints, drawings, and paintings draw on American myths to generate an iconography whose nuanced implications exact an examination of conscience and a sense of foreboding.
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