With her new body of work Elektra, Kristen Schiele continues her celebration of strong female characters and deconstruction of architectural settings. Utilizing a variety of techniques including silkscreen, painting and ink transfers, Schiele achieves a disjointed, densely layered effect, creating paintings that are at once timeless, nostalgic, fierce and contemporary. Compositions are cut apart, x-rayed and reassembled. Stages are set and cast with subjects straight from classic pulp novel and fashion magazine covers. As in her inspiration, B movie and classic horror films, the objects, patterns, costumes and characters are mythological, kitsch symbols. The final works are designed and decorated environments in which the “bad girl” clearly holds all the cards – if not a knife.
Kristen Schiele earned her BFA from Indiana University, her MFA from American University and also studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. Her work has been exhibited worldwide at CWB Gallery in Berlin, Caren Golden Fine Art in New York, the Portland (Oregon) Institute for Contemporary Art and the Corcoran Museum of Art to name a few. She participated in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program and has completed residencies at the Provincetown Work Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Lower East Side Printshop. This is Kristen Schiele’s second solo exhibition at Sloan Fine Art. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Running concurrently with Elektra, in the project room is The Forest for the Trees by Clare Grill.