Originally from Minnesota, Kirsten Nelson received a B.A. from St. Olaf College and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Purchase College, SUNY. Constructed out of common home building materials, her sculptures and drawings exist between what they seem to be and what they seem to be lacking, and what is still required in order to understand them as realized objects or idealist representations. The sculptures initially appear as cross sections and fragments that are meant to fit together, but in the end, cannot do so in any cogent way. Each piece evokes a recognizable site, yet it remains an invented fragment, or ‘false’ rendition of everyday architecture.
Kirsten recently mounted her second solo exhibition at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York. She has been the recipient of numerous studio residencies and grants including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Studio Grant, Aritst in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum, Henry Street Settlement Artist-in-Residence, and two LMCC Swing Space grants. She has participated in numerous site-specific exhibitions including Site 92 at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and Projects ‘07 at the Islip Carriage House in Long Island. Her work has been exhibited throughout New York, Connecticut, and Minnesota. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
During the Residency, Kirsten will work on a new series of drawings and small sculptures based on the historic vernacular architecture of the Nolan Park and Colonels Row houses located on Governors Island.
Image credit: Nelson, Assembly Required, 2010