I specifically work with two major themes in my work, innocence and vulnerability. By creating characters who are at the intersection of innocence, naivety and vulnerability but also awakening to the world and it's flaws, I can experiment with this space of questioning. I view this as a powerful space where one often formulates their belief system. Creating characters that are strong and sensitive, who are whole despite being broken, I seek to shape imagery that allows for these complexities to co-exist. Pablo Picasso wrote "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." I view holding onto our childlike openness as the essence of strength.
"Hearts" is my most recent series of paintings and drawings, inspired by my most personal experience with childbirth and motherhood. I believe the first connection with comfort we make as living beings is the rhythmic sound of our mother's heart. The heart, however, is a symbol of so much more than comfort and connection, but of love, life and death. I created this series of figures, children, reaching, embracing the human heart.
Kirsten Kramer is a figurative artist originating from the artist community of DUMBO in Brooklyn, NY. She developed her interest in figurative work while studying Fine Art at SUNY University of Buffalo. Her work has been displayed throughout Brooklyn in various group and solo exhibitions, as well as shows in Napa, CA.