Kirsten Nash was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and currently maintains a studio practice in Long Island City, NYC. She received her BFA form the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1988 and an MFA from The Milton Avery School of Visual Arts, at Bard College in 1998. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, including the Queens Museum of Art. Queens International, 2009, and in the Gallery Ell Exhibition at Sluice Art Fair, 2015, London, UK. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Drawing in 2011. Her work was recently featured in the poetry and art magazine, Matter, Issue 11.
“I have been contemplating ideas of temporality, intimacy, freedom, and happiness. These works represent the manifestation of that thought translated through material and process. Drawing, reflecting, negating, and refining, I am aiming for a raw simplicity and directness that is in the moment and remains open the possibility of new ideas. However, when the piece gets away from me, I will draw back into the paint, attempting to regain the energy inherent in the initial inspiration. Working with traditional artists materials, while appropriating the reductive quality of American Minimal and Conceptual painting, I attempt to insert personal and quotidian references, marking lived experience. In the most successful pieces, a tension is created. The viewer is made aware of their own presence, delicately balancing the oscillation between the physicality of the material and the ephemerality of the image. For me, this feels closest to an experience of reality.”