Rabid, Wild & Docile: Kristiana Parn

We spoke to Rabid, Wild & Docile artist Kristiana Parn about her work in the show, the reoccurring themes in her artwork and more!

“North Star”

“The Dreamers”

Why do you think bears and woodland creatures often appear in your work? What is the appeal to you?
These creatures have been part of my life since childhood- both in the form of illustrations and motifs, but also having grown up in a rural area. Today I use them as images to convey narratives in a simple and straight-forward way.

Where did the ideas come from for the pieces in the Rabid, Wild & Docile show?
I think both pieces deal with a certain contemplative quiet. For a while, I’ve been creating characters that inhabit the forest, tundra, icecaps- living their own lives in relationship to others and the larger natural world. The pieces included in the show are part of these ongoing stories.

What artists’ careers are you watching closely these days?
I’ve come across so many wonderful things recently. The best gallery shows I’ve seen this past year were by Sara Sze. I also admire artist/illustrator Carson Ellis.

Where do you find inspiration for your art work?
I find inspiration in daily experience and in the process of looking at and making things.

Thanks to Kristiana! And remember to check out her and the other artists’ work in Rabid, Wild & Docile!

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