My creative work uses photography, video, animation, installation, and community-interactions to challenge universal assumptions of values in history, places, and relationships. These value assumptions are alluded to in my works with some of the following themes: highlighting places and narratives that have become disposable; noticing the beauty of a landscape that is otherwise sped past; visiting geologic and historic places of significance; or living in the present. This agenda has evolved as my work has moved from the personal toward landscape and broader community works.
Kristen S. Wilkins examines the relationships between place/land and people, which has included ideas of nostalgia, environmental impact, and the enigmatic. Wilkins received her MFA from California State University and earned her BA with a double major in Art and Biology from the University of California. Her work as been shown at: Parsons School of Design, New York City; Harcourt House, Edmonton, Alberta Canada; Swarm Gallery, Oakland, California; Stomper project, London, England and King's ARI Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Lexington Art League, Lexington, Kentucky; Middle Georgia College, Cochran, Georgia; Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana; Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California; California State University at Long Beach; California State University at Fullerton; 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, California; the Office Art Space, Huntington Beach, California; Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, California and online with Humble Arts Foundation. Ms. Wilkins has received grants from the "Know Indiana" program, and an NEA supported artist residency at the Visual Studies Workshop. She likes to live in places where she feels a sense of history and community, with her trailer, her husband, two dogs and three cats.
The work on this site is available for show or sale in limited editions. Interested parties may request a exhibition package via e-mail. Ms. Wilkins is also available for guest lectures and workshops in traditional and digital photography.
Contact Kristen at: kristen.s.wilkins at gmail.com