“Often I feel like so much emphasis is put on how beautiful you are, and how thin you are, and not a lot of emphasis is put on what you can do and how smart you are. I’d like to change that, change the emphasis of what’s important when looking at a woman.” —Margaret Kilgallen
KRISTINE SCHOMAKER is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles California. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. For over 14 years, she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore notions of online identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world.
Whether physical or virtual, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text,
photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal.
In early 2012, Kristine turned an art gallery into a re-creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon and held a mixed reality performance/dinner party at the opening. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty.
Kristine documents her experiences as an avatar on ber blog and she has published four books on her new media work. She has an active life in the arts, previously teaching art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, forming an artist collective in the Los Angeles area, organizing and curating numerous art exhibitions and she is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art, College Art Association and Siggraph.
Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual Environment that she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work. In 2011, she won honorable mention in the Fabrik Magazine juried competition and in 2010 she won the jurors award at the Annual Juried art Exhibition at California State University at Northridge.