Our bodies contain the memories each day lived. I focus on how to physically represent these inherent memories of labor through multiple processes, often meditative by nature. I am continually fascinated in the remnants of labor found in my environment. I use sculpture, performance art, video, photography, paper, print, and book making to express experiences had, such as a collaborative sawmill ballet, forty handmade books containing performance imagery, or a video documenting the answer to “how many screws can fit into my mouth?” Ultimately, my stubborn curiosity and absurd logic lead to a compilation of memories, processes, materials, images that combine into a cross-media body of work.
About Kristen Tordella-Williams:
Kristen works across media exploring imagery and sculpture generated from the performative process both individually and collaboratively. She uses performance and sculpture to investigate issues of labor, identity, gender, and memory using an array of material commonly found at hardware stores, supermarkets and recycling bins. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been an artist in residence at Salem Art Works, the Visitor Center, and Franconia Sculpture Park. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, where she teaches drawing, digital arts, sculpture, performance art, and papermaking.