Kirsten Stingle’s sculptures

KIRSTEN STINGLE ( Atlanta, Georgia, United Stases)
Storytelling connects us to one another and explains who we are. In an age when the individual is often alienated, my narrative ceramic work attempts to cut through the isolation by presenting common threads of the human experience. I strive to create honest depictions of the human quest toward self-revelation and a contemporary identity. 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 figures are hand-built ceramics without the use of molds. A straight pin is the primary tool I use to work on the detail in the face, hands and feet. Each ceramic piece is then finished using multiple layers of underglazes, stains, and slips, as well as mark making to achieve a depth of color and reveal the layers of the human experience. After it is fired, I construct and assemble the mixed media elements, which can include welding, carpentry, sewing, felting, encaustic, fabric staining, fabric manipulation, and heat manipulation.