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Kristin Mciver







Kristin is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist from Australia. Since arriving in New York for a three month residency in 2014 she has called the concrete jungle home.

The term multidisciplinary can seem like a broad way to describe an artist and their work, however Kristin’s scope of craft is extraordinary. Kristin’s works include sculptures, painting, surround sound experiences and installations.

Space in New York is a luxury. Kristin’s studio, like many in New York, is minimal and at times can be quite temporary. We caught Kristin late last year when she was between spaces. She has since told us that she has relocated to a more permanent location down the hall.

On our visit to Kristin’s LES studio you can quickly see how her space inspires her. The environment where she creates is spacious and raw, almost industrial in its character. It is also constantly kept luminous by the mass of natural light that floods through the windows lining one side of the space. Gazing out of the windows one understands why this city can be so inspiring to creatives. The ever changing New York skyline with the Empire State Building in the distance is a reminder of the past and window into the future, perfect and “conducive to creativity and thought.”

Kristin goes on to tell us that her studio is actually a repurposed school building that was abandoned after a fire in the 1960’s. What followed after the fire was an influx of aspiring artists looking for cheap inspirational spaces in Manhattan, many of these artists still occupied these spaces today.

We go onto ask Kristin about her creative process:

DESCRIBE A REAL LIFE MUNDANE SITUATION THAT INSPIRES YOU!

I am inspired by advertising, be that on TV, the subway, or on social media. I like to see what ads are served to me, as they represent Facebook's interpretation of who I am

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE IN YOUR WORK?

I am interested in the notion of identity as a commodity, how as digital consumers we have also become the product as we generate content on social media.


WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I am working towards my dream project at the moment, which is a 100x100ft land art project using plants and cacti in the California desert. The work is actually a physical, living representation of face recognition data sourced from Facebook, part of my Data Portraits series. A portrait in plants.

FAVOURITE SONG/BAND WHILE WORKING?*

At the moment I love listening to Fela Kuti while I work

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN AND FROM WHOM?*

Improvise, adapt, and overcome. Its a quote from a silly Clint Eastwood movie, but strangely resonates every time I encounter a hurdle in the art-making process. When working on large projects or exhibitions, obstacles are almost always thrown into the mix...and it no longer stresses me out as I know I'll always get there somehow, by adapting to the situation. Its true in life also.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST'S TOOL?

My computer, for research, inspiration and realization of my work

WHAT MINDSET/MOOD DO YOU MAKE YOUR BEST ART/WORK?

I am a conceptual artist, and my best ideas often come to me when I am relaxed and not specifically engaged in the art making process. So I try to keep a balance of art, music, outdoor and social activities.

WHEN YOU DAYDREAM IN YOUR SPACE AND JUST LOSE YOURSELF IN THOUGHT, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING OR WORRYING ABOUT?

I'm considering how the viewer will encounter and engage with an artwork, as they are perhaps the most important element of any artwork, installation or exhibition. I'm also working out about how I will make a particular artistic vision come to reality, be that conceptually, technically, or logistically.







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