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My artistic practice explores the way physical structures of cardboard, plastics, and other single-use packaging are analogous to the routine structure in our lives. I relate my own memory and lived experience with something tangible like a discarded scrap of cardboard, as both take up a kind of peripheral space mentally or physically. These overlooked materials contain countless printed colors, striking imagery of food, and sturdy factory-made forms. Through the act of grouping materials together, I am actually searching for distinctions between them. This progression leads you to a new place, but you donít notice until you look back and see how far youíve come.


detail of Fluid Code, cardcoard collage on paper, 2022 



 Kristen Rego is a visual artist living in Rosendale, NY. Kristen has exhibited work at KuBe Art Center, in Beacon, NY, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Womenís Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ, WCC Center for Digital Arts, Peekskill, NY, the Bethany Arts Community, Ossining, NY LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY, and the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY.

 She has been Adjunct faculty at SUNY New Paltz, NY since 2016 and has taught Drawing I & II, Basic Painting, and Intro to Studio Art.

 She has been Adjunct faculty at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY since 2015 and has taught Two-Dimensional Design, Drawing I, and Introductory Seminar. She has been the Assistant Lab Tech for DCC since 2016, installing shows in the campus gallery, professionally framing student artwork, and completing tasks for the art department.

 She completed her first curatorial project at Dutchess Community College titled, The Sum of All Parts, in 2022. This exhibition showcased the various ways artists achieve cohesion in their work through arrangements, organization, and manipulation of multiple parts.

 She obtained her BFA from Ohio State University in Painting & Drawing, 2007 and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting, 2010, and was a Vermont Studio Center resident and grant recipient in 2012, Johnson, VT.



My daughter and me from 2020 



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