Kristine Schomaker

Performances: Sat-Mon 12-2:30pm and 3-6pm
The Artist is In, 2020

Continuing her art practice of using therapy to deconstruct her personal and political narrative, Kristine will be sitting on Main Street offering advice and inspiration to artists and art professionals who stop by 12-2:30pm and 3-6pm Saturday through Monday, May 23-25th. In between sessions, she will be reading aloud from the book “How to be an artist” by Jerry Saltz. Kristine will be sitting on the porch at 1910 N Main Street on the corner of Moulton Avenue at the Brewery, 1910 N Main Street Los Angeles CA 90031 

Artist Statement
I am a plus size woman with an eating disorder. My work is personal, intense, emotional, violent and familiar. A dedicated conceptualist and surrealist autobiographer, I address the de(con)struction of self in relation to society’s perception/projection/reflection of beauty. My multidisciplinary work focuses on the complexities of gender identity, body image, and the societal privileging of women’s physical beauty over character and intellect. Inspired by artists such as Janine Antoni, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Mary Kelly, Eleanor Antin, Hannah Wilke, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Meret Oppenheim and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Jenny Saville, Ana Mendieta, Joseph Albers and Hans Hofmann, I use everyday objects, mixed media, paint, photography, performance, digital animation made in Second Life, written word, social media, video, photography and conceptual social practice projects to investigate, document and challenge personal and universal ideas of self and society.

Kristine Schomaker is a multidisciplinary artist, art historian, publisher and mentor living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox PR, a support network that focuses on creating community and offering mentorship and resources to artists. Kristine is also the publisher of Art and Cake, a contemporary L.A. Art Magazine focusing on underrepresented artists and exhibitions. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California. Kristine sits on the board for the CSUN Arts Alumni Association.