Kirsten Stingle, Ceramist and Storyteller

11 Nov

We are pretty excited about the upcoming Washington Craft show which is just a week away. This show is not to be missed and neither is the work of Kirsten Stingle.

Kirsten Stingle, a ceramist and storyteller states “The ultimate goal of my work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity.”

Stingle hails from Alpharetta, Georgia, and believes that storytelling is an essential element of our very existence.  The artist uses her work not only to tell her own story, but also to stimulate conversation among others.

Salty and Sweet

“Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are,” says Stingle.  “In an age in which the individual is often alienated, my work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience.” Early in her career, a fine arts degree in theater refined Stingle’s understanding of imagery and taught her to use gestures as powerful expressive tools. “However,” she says, “it is through figurative ceramics that I am able to fully realize my narrative impulse.”

Fair Play

The Deflowering

The Lure

Free Fall

While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly begin to emerge. “The ultimate goal of my work,” adds Stingle, “is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity.”  The artist adds, “just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, I combine found objects and discarded elements from the past with my ceramic work.” The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials, but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure’s journey within each narrative.

Kirsten Stingle will be at the Washington Craft Show November 19 – 20, 2010.

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