KRISTIN ABHALTER SMITH
I am a collaborative artist, craftsperson, and designer making exhibitions, installations, costumes, and sets for stage and screen. I paint, sew, draw, and build.
I am also the founding artistic director of Roman Susan Art, Chicago.
As a rebellions dramatic, with a background in the backstage, I explore universal themes through performative objects. I build inflatable sculptures, wearable art, and site specific installations using resurrected obsolete technology such as vintage sewing machines, plotters, and dry pigments. My interdisciplinary designed environments reflect a spectrum of theatrical emotions from the joyful to the hyper-tragic. I invite the audience to be complicit in the discovery and creation of meaning through encounters with materials, craft, and form. I act in pursuit of an interest to discover and reverse-engineer the essentials of human experience.