Kirsten Hemrich is an artist based in Richmond, VA.
Kirsten Hemrich is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, and educator. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally. She is also a member of the the radical artist collective, The Printmakers Left. Kirsten lives with her partner and cat in Richmond, Virginia.
In my current body of work I continue my exploration of abstraction through mixed media painting and ceramics. My paintings re-imagine grand beginnings by blending drawings, text and diagrams. My ceramics play with classical forms and re-imagine them expressively with plastic colors. As a whole, my work is informed by intuition and myth in a process that reconciles the awkwardness, chaos, and beauty. I am interested in exploring a universal spiritualism through a colorful, often humorous lens. Focusing on the activity of the artistic process, the themes of my work are determined by the unpremeditated end result. Improvisation is very important in my practice. Every action requires a response in art making. Abstract forms take on the shape of birds, clouds, feet, flowers--loaded symbols that speak to individual memory, collective myth, and storied beginning.
2014 - 2018
University of Virginia, B.A.
2018 - 2019
University of Virginia, Aunspaugh Fellowship in Studio Art
Cultureworks Covid-Relief Grant, Round II Richmond, VA
Cultureworks Covid-Relief Grant, Round I Richmond, VA
Rugby Road Madison Lane Charitable Arts Award, Charlottesville, VA
Aunspaugh Fellowship Award, University of Virginia
University Award for Project in the Arts, Jefferson Scholars, Charlottesville
Miller Art Scholars Rising 4th Year Award, Charlottesville, VA
Creation and Sky, Eden Airline Richmond VA
Clouds and Flowers, Sediment Arts, Richmond VA
Cosmic, Ruffin Gallery, Charlottesville VA
Transient Places, New City Arts Initiative, Charlottesville VA
Youth #7, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea
Body Positive, Richmond Art Garage, Richmond, VA
NCA & The Haven Live Auction, New City Arts Initiative, Charlottesville, VA
250, Art Space, Richmond, VA