Cultivating Community and Empowering Artists to Build a Sustainable Art Practice
Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter
and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over
14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual
worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world.
Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of
color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence.
Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing
conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her
virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog.
In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern
day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner
party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer
she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved
as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is
working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the
Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning
to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.