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 the recipient of numerous awards for her work and is an active member of the internationally based 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, ceramics, and artist books. My two-dimensional work incorporates symbolic imagery, garish color, and dream-like atmospheres. My ceramics play with classical forms, reimagined expressively with plastic colors. As a whole, my work is informed by poetry and myth in a process that reconciles awkwardness and beauty. Each work is an investigation of origin. Abstract forms take on the shape of birds, clouds, and natural phenomena--loaded symbols that speak to 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
Printmakers Left, Les Yeux De Monde. Charlottesville VA
NFT IRL, Eden Airlines. Richmond 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