KRISTINE ROAN

I am a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses assemblage sculpture, collage, and video. My process begins with, and is informed by, an extensive collection of discarded children's toys, decorative objects, craft materials; and, dried gourds. Courting chance, I seek out discoveries of objects found in isolation from their mass-produced clones. This activity’s alignment with environmental concerns only became obvious as my work progressed, deepening my attraction to plastics and providing a limit to work within.

Gourds are prehistoric entities, having been found intact at archeological sites dating back to 13,000 BC. They are likely the first domesticated plant. I adorn gourds with found, machine-made objects, fusing the "natural" and artificial. This, along with the suggestion of sexual organs of both humans and plants within the sculptures, point towards a kind of queer animism. As in an open field, one notices the “unnatural,” what does not belong. Using the gourd as “field” or canvas, attention is constellated in the most minuscule, synchronistic moments when these disparate parts happen to fit together seamlessly.