Pushing the Press

Kristin Casaletto

bio Kristin Casaletto exhibits nationally and internation- ally and has shown with such artists as Nick Cave, Betye Saar, Sue Coe, and Faith Ringgold. She has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and has held residencies at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Work- shop in New York, among many others. Her art is held in university, institutional, and museum collections such as the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum of Art at Michigan State University. Casaletto has a bachelor’s of fine arts in drawing and a bachelor’s of science in physics, both from Ball State University, as well as a master’s degree in art history from Michigan State University and a master of fine arts in painting with a minor emphasis in printmaking from Western Michigan University. She is based in Augusta, Georgia. artist’s statement Kristin Casaletto’s art charts an aggressive exploration of the ethics and politics of class, gender, race, and citi- zenship in a superpower nation. Her art springs from an impulse to draw, both as a means of contemplation and of action. The work, often monumentally scaled, fuses high-art media and techniques (painting, printmaking, drawing) with less orthodox materials and methods (food, insects, found objects, sound, sculpture, collabora- tion) to function as parables for a secular age. Her work draws on history and allegory as it recontextualizes icons embedded in American culture to create richly nuanced observations of twenty-first-century life.

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