</i>from<i> The Excess Series

from The Excess Series, unique screenprint on paper, 12" x 12", 2011

Kristina Paabus was born and raised in Massachusetts, and has also called Tallinn, Providence, Minneapolis, Chicago, and now Iowa City home.  She studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Fine and Applied Arts at The Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), and received a BFA and Art History Concentration from the Rhode Island School of Design.  In 2009 she earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and then moved to Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Artist at the EAA.  Kristina has taken part in residencies in the U.S., Iceland, Estonia, and Romania, and has exhibited her work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn.  For the past three years Kristina lived and worked in Chicago where she was a faculty member and Graduate Coordinator in SAIC's Department of Printmedia.  During the 2013-2014 academic year she will be at the University of Iowa as a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Printmaking Fellow at the Grant Wood Art Colony.

Kristina's work examines systems of logic that we as groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure.  Through a multidisciplinary approach, she makes hybrid spatial conversations that elaborate on the constructions that allow us to interact with and gain control over our surroundings.  These specific systems (such as language, architecture, beliefs, maps) serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension.  She creates images, environments, and situations that teeter between reality and illusion.

About the Grant Wood Art Colony: Grant Wood (1891-1942) helped develop the Stone City Art Colony in Stone City, Iowa, which operated during the summers of 1932 and 1933. The Grant Wood Art Colony, under the direction of the School of Art and Art History at UIowa, honors Wood's belief in the importance of art colonies by offering the Grant Wood Fellowship program and organizing a biennial symposium.

Kristina Paabus's website

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