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April 3, 2020
Crista Matteson's "Kinship Series" depicts a world were nature is refreshingly optimistic about the future.
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Kinship, an Online Exhibition Featuring the Work of Crista Matteson! Bender Gallery is pleased to announce "Kinship", an exhibition of new work by Seattle based mixed media artist Crista Matteson beginning on Friday April 3. Of course, we would have much preferred to have an in-person exhibition for Matteson at the gallery but we still feel very privileged to bring such beauty to our clients and followers at a time when we need it the most.

Matteson’s latest series Kindred stems from her observations and research into the connectedness of all living things as increased urbanization impacts the local ecosystem of her beloved Pacific Northwest. This theme of interconnectedness could not be more applicable to today, as a pandemic spreads the globe and people all over the world are going through the same experiences.

Matteson’s work is narrative in nature and evokes a dreamlike state between the real and imagined natural world especially as pertains to the wild spaces of the northwest. In this series, she works primarily in kiln cast glass with elements of cast bronze and ceramic to create hauntingly beautiful sculptures in fauvist-like colors. She explains,” Out of respect I create glass “Trophies” that are reminiscent of a hunter’s trophy. My intention with the trophies is to, just as a hunter might, attempt to capture the essence of the untamed creatures that share my environment. With every outdoor adventure, I bring new inspiration into my studio.”

Matteson’s professional roots inform her work; beginning her career as a costume designer, she received her BFA in textiles from the California College of Art in San Francisco. Since then her disciplined pursuit of learning has never ceased. Having won a myriad of awards and scholarships in recent years, Matteson has had to the opportunity to study both glass and metalworking at the Pratt Fine Art Center, as well as participate in the Sculpture Atelier Program at Gage Academy of Art. Matteson’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States.

All of Matteson’s new work is at Bender Gallery and is available for immediate shipment.

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