Work by Kristen Schiele
KRISTEN SCHIELE creates bold, immersive, and semi-abstract paintings, collages, and installations. She is inspired, in her words, by “stage sets, cinema, folklore, allegory, kitsch, and storytelling that is theatrical and playful.” Most comfortable at large-scale—“give me 6 feet please”—she mashes up materials, techniques, and images in her canvases, which are often anchored by architectural settings. Working in series, and focusing primarily on painting, she begins by collaging together sketches and images from her extensive library. She works on up to 15 canvases simultaneously, moving back-and-forth between them. Seductive female figures, inspired by vintage magazines, populate many of her compositions, imbuing them with narrative tension. A sense of a storyline—dreamlike, fragmented—runs throughout all of Schiele’s work, reflecting her view of art as a form of dialogue.
She received a BFA from Indiana University and MFA from American University and studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. Exhibitions include a solo show at Sloan Fine Art in New York City, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, a solo show at Curators Without Borders Gallery in Berlin, Germany, Hudson D. Walker Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, group shows in Cheim and Read, Caren Golden in New York City, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Oregon, and the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington D.C, among others. She has participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, completed a residency at the Provincetown Work Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Lower East Side Printshop and Ucross.