Finished the next light box in the Two Sides of Self series, which combines images taken in Western Mass and images taken in Boston, the two places I consider home. Home means many thing to many people, but to me it's the places I want to be. My grandparents house has always been a home to me. Growing up I spent countless hours playing on the rocks behind their house, sitting on their couch watching Shirley Temple and Deanna Durbin, time spent in kitchen with my Grandmother learning to bake, and listening to any story they would share with me. This week marks my grandparents 70th Anniversary and I can't think of a better time to share this new light box as it combines an image taken of my grandparents living room with an image taken of my current apartment in Boston.
14th Annual Rites of Passage
Both my Manufactured Autonomy prints and Two Sides of Self #1 will be headed to Ohio for a show at Manifest Gallery.
The show will be up June 1st - June 29th with opening June 1st 6-9pm
2727 Woodburn Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45206
It's still September right??? I am looking back on the last time I made a post and can't believe it has been so long. Time has simply flown by. I have been been buried in the studio making new things and making editions of other works. Therefore I think its only fair to make this a comprehensive update of studio happenings.
My fall was completely full to the brim, on top of being an artist, I was interning at the Massachusetts State House as photographer for Office of the Governor. It was an exciting and enlightening opportunity that taught me a lot about government at the same time challenging me as a photographer. (In case you don't know I don't normally photograph people, which is exactly what I spent almost 4 months doing.)
In expectation of the SMFA Art Sale that happened in November, I created my largest light box yet. It was also the first one made out of stainless steel (shameless plug-in for how accomplished I feel over this fact).
In November the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery (my representing gallery) did an artist spotlight on me which you can find here.
From December - January I had the privilege to have my work displayed alongside many amazing artists during the Salon Show at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery.
January - Current
Currently, I am working on a few fun smaller projects alongside the bigger photo project I mentioned way back in August. Don't worry I am actually going to tell you what the photo project is this time.
An Archive of Time
Time is often a central concept in my practice and during the fall of 2016 I did a series of mini photo books on books. The books looked at markers of time on books, such as damaged spines and faded or older marbling. The series of photographs was taken in Tisch Library on the Tufts University Medford Campus. Incidentally, a senior thesis project kept me busy and from pursuing this interest for some time. However, I have been slightly obsessed with doing this project in another library. During last summer the Boston Athenaeum, a private library in Boston, graciously bestowed on me a complementary artist membership to pursue this project in their library, where I am focusing on the portion of their collection housed in the "drum". My interest is still entirely on the markers of time and the way the books have worn through age and use. Each book has a story to tell just by existing. Each is unique and has been a part of many peoples lives. The series is far from done and I will be working on it for quite some time, but I have included some sample images below**. Eventually, a selection of the images will compiled into a series of books and those books will then begin their own life and will age and wear too.
Follow me on instagram @kristinamccombart to see photos of what I am working on as I work on it.
**Sample images are not selected final images nor are they completely edited.
A newsletter! It's long overdue at this point.
An online shop of a small selection of work, including steel stars, earrings, tunnel books, and a few prints.
Well it's official I have joined the Instagram world. You can follow my artwork @kristinamccombart.
After a wonderful summer being part of The Garden summer show at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, I am delighted to officially announce that the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery will now be representing me. Abigail and her assistant have been nothing but great to work with and I am thrilled to be working with them on a consistent basis.
What a crazy summer in the studio it has been. I have been busy supplying editions for sold light boxes, experimenting with new processes, and even doing freelance photography for The Greek Vegan's upcoming cookbook. As the summer starts to wrap up the work continues as I prepare pieces for upcoming shows (details to come soon in the On Display page).
Kicking off September 5th I will be starting a year long photography project I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to work on. Sorry you are going to have to wait a little longer to find out all about that, but enjoy these pictures in the meantime.
I am incredibly honored to have been chosen as one of the three recipients of the Karsh Award for Photography with my series Manufactured Autonomy. The four images will be on display during SMFA at Tufts Award winners and graduating students show coming up soon.
The studio is bursting with new work. Working on two very different sculptural photography series. Here is a sneak peek at the one that will be my thesis show in May.
If you can't beat em', join em'. After months of struggling with preconceived notions of what I thought my thesis work should be and what it should say, it has been a coming home to work intuitively and let the piece guide itself. There is still a lot of work to be done in a short amount of time, but I am excited to see the series installed in just about two months.
Size of box is 5" x 6', photographs are 1.75" x 1.16"
As the semester reaches its close this piece finally seems to be starting to come together, I fought with this piece all semester and despite dedicating all my studio time to it, I have refused to accept that it was my senior thesis, but no more. I can't wait to see what the next step in the evolution of this piece will be and I know it will come together in the end. Who knew that spending two summers working in jail could inspire such a piece.
These are two pieces I finished working on, over the summer.
After a two year sabbatical from working with transparent film I am extremely happy to have finally finished this third piece and complete that series. However, it will not be the last time I work with the material, big plans for it already in the works.
The other piece is working with the inverse of the circles I had laser cut for a ongoing series. Sometimes scraps aren't really scraps.
Recently, I got the chance to look at some of the special collection books at Tisch Library. So in response to that I photographed some of the old, worn books of Tisch's regular collection and turned them into a series of prints and five (still working on fifth.) small books (2"x2").