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STATEMENT

My artistic practice explores the way physical structures of single-use material are analogous to the routine structure in our lives. I compare my own memory and experience with something tangible like a discarded scrap of cardboard, as both take up a kind of peripheral space mentally and physically. 

I use and reference materials we tend to peel, fold away, and discard: produce stickers, food imagery printed on cardboard, and other individual signifiers indicating a commercial product. I search for relationships within these forms - both abstract and representational, that make up the compositional framework in my collages, paintings, and assemblages.     

Through the act of collecting and preserving each bit of near detritus, the process becomes akin to a daily ritual: the slow buildup of material translates to work that reveals variety and repetition of color. This progression leads you to a new place, but you donít notice until you look back and see how far youíve come.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Kristen Rego (born, 1984) is a visual artist living in Rosendale, NY. Kristen has exhibited work at The Lockwood Gallery, Kingston, NY, KuBe Art Center, Beacon, NY, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Womenís Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ and others. 

She has been Adjunct Faculty at SUNY New Paltz & Dutchess Community College since 2015, teaching drawing, painting, color theory, and design courses. She has been the gallery technician for DCC since 2016, installing shows in the campus gallery, framing 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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