Kirsten Stingle believes storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age where the individual is often alienated, her works attempt to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. Her background in theatre has helped in refining her understanding of imagery and has taught her to use gestures as a powerful way to tell her stories.
While each piece is instantly approachable, closer inspection reveals a world in which the story and inner psyche of the character slowly emerges. She will tell you that the ultimate goal of her work is to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity. Just as we look to our past as a springboard toward a personal vision of the future, she combines found objects and discarded elements from the past with her ceramic work. The mixed media not only creates an intriguing dialogue of materials but also informs the viewer of the scope of the figure’s journey within each narrative.
All of the figures are hand-built porcelain stoneware, created without the use of molds. Kirsten uses a straight pin to work on the details of the faces, hands, and feet. Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, and slips to achieve the depth of color. After it is fired, she constructs and assembles the mixed media elements, which include hand-welding, carpentry, sewing, and fabric staining, resulting in powerful yet subtle expressions of humankind.
Kirsten lives and operates her studio north of Atlanta, Georgia.