Kristin Schimik is interested in exploring the intersection of physical matter and energy. She constructs ceramic sculpture and mixed-media installation with sensitivity to the interplay between texture and space. Quiet and subtle at first glance, her work offers a means to experience complex and delicate relationships between material surfaces.
Sparked by intuitive guidance, Schimik's work evolves through scientific inquiry, contemplation, meditation, and ritual. She is intrigued by the process of stellar nucleosynthesis in which "metals are born in the burning hearts of stars." She states (in the essay Quiet Fires of All Degrees, 2012):
"On the shoreline of creation, iron pulsates, lapping at the edge of the possible. My own pounding heart echoes and emits these patterns of the combined urgency of creation, destruction, combustion, and inspiration."
For JUNCTURE, Schimik has focused her practice on the ancient Sri Yantra while considering the place where creation and destruction meet. Primarily working in clay, she also utilizes mixed media to construct a broader space for contemplation within the gallery.
Schimik received a M.F.A. degree in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Florida. Originally from Michigan, she now lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Kristin was awarded a grant from 4Culture SiteSpecific in 2013 for the Infinity Loop Project, a outdoor installation located beside the last remaining structure from the Renton coal mine. Prior to joining Pottery Northwest, she has worked as an Artist in Residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. The artist's website is: kristin-schimik.weebly.com.