Kristina is an emerging visual artist and performer, and is eager to combine these passions. She has exhibited her sculptural fiber art across the Midwest and in the Twin Cities, is a 2010-2011 recipient of a Jerome Fiber Art Project Grant at the Minnesota Textile Center, and has performed with The Winding Sheet Outfit, Red Eye Theater and Sandbox Theatre. Her work with The Winding Sheet Outfit’s Theater of the Tiny Clandestines received a Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2015. Recently, the installation, Borealis, was exhibited and purchased by St. Catherine University, a retrospective of her work was exhibited in Apparent Magnetism at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, and she had a solo exhibition Reflection and Refraction in the Atrium Gallery at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI. Her current work incorporates light and sound through projected animation and explores how it interacts with her sculptures.
Kristina is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a Master of Arts in Education in both Art and Theater Education. Currently, she is an ensemble member of Sandbox Theatre. Upcoming projects include performances in The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox with Winding Sheet Outfit for MN Fringe Festival and Sandbox Theatre’s production, Wanda Gag: In the Treetops, at Open Eye Figure Theater in October 2017.
The influence, inspiration and ideas behind my current work is influenced by my fascination and love of the night sky, specifically images seen through the Hubble Telescope. Images of the Milky Way and star clusters give an impression of movement through time, especially in the way their light arcs across the night sky and fades to morning. The contradiction between static imagery and movement becomes central to my compositions. By using sheer fabric and paper, I explore how light and shadow becomes part of that movement. The fabric creates an organic, somewhat simple abstraction of the original image or theme, while the bent wire relays a tension that cannot be duplicated on canvas. This work explores the scope of textures, colors, shapes and compositions in the vast expanse of the night sky.
EDUCATION •2007: Received Master of Arts in Education in Art and Theater Education at the College of St. Catherine. •2004: Graduated from College of St. Catherine with B.A. in Theater and minor in Film Studies. •June 2005: Full scholarship to attend Women’s Art Intensive at Minneapolis College of Arts and Design
EXHIBITIONS •2017: May-June exhibition at Phipps Gallery in Hudson, WI •February-March, 2017: Apparent Magnitude exhibition at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA - Held artist talk •January-March, 2017: Vision + Vocation: St. Catherine Alumnae Invitational Exhibition at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN - Held artist talk/University purchased Borealis •Aug. 23-Sept. 5, 2016: Artist in MN State Fair Fine Art Exhibition - Received Honorable Mention •Oct 14, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016: Exhibiting artist for Healing Arts Program at Hudson Hospital in Hudson, WI •Jan 8 – Feb 28, 2015: A Common Thread: Annual Members Exhibition at Textile Center •Nov 2014 - Feb 2015: Made Here: Brilliance! Juried installation in storefront in downtown Minneapolis; a collaboration with ceramic artist Jennica Kruse •August 1- 30, 2014: 22nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition at The MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN •May 16-18, 2014: Guest artist at Gallery 402B in Northrup King Bldg. for NEMAA Art-a-Whirl •April 10-13, 2014: Participating artist in American Craft Council Show at St. Paul RiverCentre •June 2103-Feb 2014: Featured artist in Whittier Alliance as part of Artists in Storefronts •Nov 2012-May 2013: Featured artist at Tres Jolie Salon in Minneapolis, MN •Sept 16th-Oct 15th 2011: Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant Exhibition Spaces Between at MN Textile Center •Sept - Nov, 2010: Featured Artist at FrameWorks Gallery in St. Paul, MN •June 4th-July 25th, 2010: North of the 45th Juried Exhibition at DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, MI •April 2nd-May 2nd, 2010: Guest Artist at AZ Gallery for St. Paul Art Crawl •Feb. 19th-June 13th, 2010: Foot in the Door 4 at Minneapolis Institute of Arts •Sept. 4th-Oct. 31st, 2009: Midwest Biennial Juried Exhibition in Wausau, WI Arts District •Sept. 4th-27th, 2009: Savoring Summer Juried Exhibition at AZ Gallery in St. Paul •May 22nd- June 28th, 2009: WAI 2009 Teaching Assistant Exhibition: Kristina Fjellman and Lyz Preus Wendland in MCAD Concourse Gallery •April 2009: 5th Annual Wet Paint Employee Exhibition at Black Dog Café in St. Paul •Sept- Nov, 2007: Exhibited work at two Tea Garden locations (St. Paul and Uptown). •April 21st-May 20th, 2007: The Case of the Emerging Identity Senior Exhibition at Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Paul, MN. •April 8th- May 13th, 2007: Wet Paint Employee Artist Exhibition at The Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, MN •Feb. 24th- March 4th, 2007: The Birds a three-artist exhibition with bird-themed work in the Second Floor Gallery at the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN. Held artist talk.
AWARDS AND HONORS •“Honorable Mention- Textile/Fiber Art Class 7” in MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 2016 •“Honorable Mention- 3D” in 22nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition at MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN •Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grant Recipient for 2010-2011 at MN Textile Center •Best of Show Award at AZ Gallery’s Savoring Summer Juried Exhibition •Nominated for 2007 ISC Student Sculpture Achievement Award
COLLECTIONS •Lynnhurst Church in Minneapolis, purchased gold coins in 2011 •2 sculptures in the College of St. Catherine Permanent Collection, purchased in 2007
BIBLIOGRAPHY •Ariston, CSC annual juried arts and literary magazine in 2007, 2006, and 2005. •SCAN St. Catherine Alumni News magazine Spring 2007.
RELATED EXPERIENCE •June 2015: Teaching Assistant for Woman’s Art Institute at University of St. Catherine •June 2009: Teaching Assistant for Woman’s Art Institute at MCAD •Spring 2007: Teaching Assistant for Sculpture Prof. Melanie VanHouten in Contemporary Methods in Sculpture course •2007, 2006, and 2005: invited guest artist to University of Minnesota 36th, 37th and 38th Annual Iron Pour Event. •2006: Exhibition Coordinator for Ariston magazine •2004-2007: Member of CSC Artist Coalition