Kristin Abhalter Smith is an artist and designer who works with spaces, textiles, and bodies. She is inspired by an intimacy with the production of theatrical events, real and imaginary landscapes, performative objects, and material manipulations. She co-directs Roman Susan Art Foundation since starting the project space in 2012 and has exhibited at Ignition Projects, Demo Project in Springfield, among other galleries in Chicago and Minneapolis. She has an M.F.A. in Theatrical Design & Technology from University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Theatrical Design and Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.
I paint the sky with dancing inflatable sculpture, paint the body with wearable sculpture, and paint into existence characters derived from discoveries in light and form. My work is collaborative by nature, relying on the audience's imagination to complete the narrative. I provide mantras of shape and color within choreographed spaces in order to create opportunities for the mind to release through repetitive and unpredictable motions, soundscapes, and visual interventions.
ARTIST STATEMENT 2024