Kristin Beth Powers

MFA ’22 Fine Arts 3D

Coming into being, falling out of being, containment and openness, consuming and being consumed, this wrestling match between being in and out of control is what fuels my work.

I am a curator of objects, a choreographer of space, a collector of sounds. My work embraces silence, vulnerability, and disorientation. I look for connections to the familiar, but pull the rug out from under it. Working with sculptural mediums, found objects, lens and time-based media, sound, movement, light, and language, I pair order with chaos, engineering interdependence and balance. I explore an ever-evolving iterative landscape, looking for resonant frequencies where many feel. 

In Communication portrays the constant chatter of thought and talk. A constant vibration in the effort to communicate. Internally and externally. To oneself and to others. To reflect and vocalize. To listen and receive.

Disruption and discomfort interest me in the process of transforming environments, forcing one out of the realm of comfort into a liminal zone, replacing predictability with uncertainty. Ruminating on the efficacy of words, the distortion of language, the randomness of understanding, and the never-ending misdiagnoses of communication, I use language to push the dialectic of discourse and emotion.

I create spaces for people to encounter their own experiences. I focus on interaction while leaving room for reflection. The space becomes the intermediary through which some memory is stimulated, allowing for a very personal, shifting dynamic of stability and instability.

No matter what is around you, you have to take care of your own house.

Born in Chicago, raised in England and Canada, Kristin Powers is a sculptural installation artist based in Boston. Powers is Adjunct Faculty at MassArt, RISD, and Framingham State; she also curates MassArt’s art collection. Powers holds a BFA in Ceramics from RISD, and an MFA in Sculpture from MassArt. She has attended residencies at MERZ-Scotland, Vermont Studio Center, Haystack, and Penland. Powers’ recent curatorial projects include Elemental, What Do We Have To Say?, and The Art of Storytelling. Her work has recently been shown at MassArt x SoWa-Boston, Black Box Gallery-OR, SAGE Gallery-WY, and First Street Gallery-NYC.