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Studio Visit — Kristin Bauer

Location: PHOENIX, AZ

I met Kristin at her new, and old studio. Let me explain. Kristin was in the very same buildings years ago, and when she decided to move on from her gallery and studio space in Scottsdale, she found herself back where she belonged. Back in her new Phoenix studio, she feels right at home.

Becoming Anne
Acrylic, oil, ink and graphite on stretched upholstery fabric, 48″ x 60″, 2009
Now  part of the Mesa Arts Center permanent collection,
and will be exhibited in a curated show of their permanent collection opening this month

After her terrific group show (along with Nancy Robb Dunst, Kaori Fujitani, Jane Kelsey-Mapel, Sandra Luehrsen and Kaori Takamura) at the Mesa Arts Center, Kristin is working on a variety of projects. She is experimenting with her love of word play and story narratives, but always pushing ideas beyond her paintings. We talked about her new gallery representation in Santa Fe, her plans for a performance piece, her new job as an art therapist, and her newest three dimensional pieces. She is not giving up painting, but is always searching for new ways to express herself. She has a lot going on, and it is all exciting.

Kristin Bauer in her studio

Here is some of the interview with her.

What inspires you?

Kristin: I’m inspired by my studies in psychology (especially cognitive processes and group thought and movement), and lately I’m very inspired by the presentation of word, and its power to instill assumptions and cause human action or emotion.  In the studio I’ve also been drawing a lot from the overall pace of our society (locally and globally) and our constant access to an unending amount of information, from mundane to critical, and how we mass it all together and interact with it.

 It’s Coming (detail)
acrylic, ink, neon and wood, 48” x 48” x 5”, 2011

Do you remember when you wanted, or thought about being an artist?

My mom talks sometimes about how I covered the walls with crayon when I was just two years old. Honestly, I don’t remember wanting “to be an artist.” I just knew at a young age that being an artist was so deeply in the fabric of my being- there would never be any choosing.  As far as pursuing my art professionally, I began exhibiting with ArtOne when I was 16, and Kraig Foote (the owner of ArtOne) was very supportive of me at the early stages.

What about books, or music. Do they inspire you?

The Information – a book by James Gleick

Rachel Grimes- a composer- particularly “Systems and Layers

 What are you working on or thinking about now?

I’m currently working on a new sculptural installation of enlarged alphabet blocks.  I’ve also been playing with excerpts from online news articles and headlines, in very pared down text-based two dimensional pieces.

What will we see from you next?

I have some plans for working with phonetics of childhood songs in performance based sculptures in the not too distant future.

spray paint, acrylic and ink on MDF cubes, 24” x 24” x 24” (x4), 2011

And Soon There is Nothing Left
spray paint, acrylic and ink on panel, 48” x 48” x 3”, 2011


  1. Tracey K (Reply) on Wednesday 5, 2011

    Look at you all grown up and making the world a more beautiful and interesting place. I always knew you would be amazing. I feel very honored to say “Hey, I know her!”