Featured Artist June 2017: Kristina Hoover
I am pleased to introduce you to Kristina Hoover, a professional artist and printmaker from Florida that I had the pleasure of interviewing this month. She resides in Jacksonville where she creates unique relief prints, giving life to everyday objects, and bringing an interesting perspective to daily routine. Below, you can read her full interview. You can also see her portfolio and shop her art on her website, www.kristinahooverfineart.com.
Kristina, how would you describe your art and focus?
I'm inspired by daily life; whether its everyday household goods, places, or nature, I create a transformative experience with colorful complex displays of our lives. By mixing familiar objects, pattern, and perspectives, I aim to attract viewers providing an unexpected experience by elevating the everyday.
I go back and forth between recognizable imagery, and working abstractly. Rather than focusing on the conceptual aspects or final product of the piece, when I create abstract work I'm motivated by how the elements and principals of art come together to create energetic visual imagery. I adjoin blocks on a new surface as a way to discover meaningful visually imagery based on the process of creating.
How did you get started with Printmaking?
I got my first introduction to printmaking my last year in high school (Wow that was 12 years ago) I started with simple lino-cuts and created textile patterns on fabric. I gained most of my printmaking knowledge in college pursuing a BFA. During college I created a lot of screen prints and collagraphs. I continued on to graduate school where I earned my MFA. It was here I was introduced to lithography and some other intaglio techniques I hadn't tried before, but its also where my love for woodcuts began, and still continues.
What is your preferred medium and subject matter?
Relief printmaking. I love woodcuts, and work in reduction using only one block. I enjoy working abstractly and creating collage-like compositions with recognizable images. My current subject matter has been more nature and animal themed. I chalk that up to moving out to the country about 2 yrs ago.
Interesting. Can you tell me about the pieces that you've shared?
"Acceptance" was my first real reduction woodcut and it still remains one of my favorites. It combines a lot of different images from brain synapses to filing cabinets. Its about the idea of thought and information, and how everything is connected to one another at one point or another in a large web of interpretation.
"Passage" is a unique piece, since it was a sort of experiment for myself. I keep a list of different objects and images I came into contact with during the day, and then proceeded to make a cohesive piece joining them all together.
"Sunshine State" is a fairly new piece and depicts the state bird, flower, and tree of Florida.
What is the thing that you love most about Printmaking?
What I love about printmaking is the physicality of it. I feel so much more of a connection to printmaking than painting. I love process and steps, and for me its a structured sequence I can follow. I know it may seem like more work to create an image, but for me the process is what its all about. I tell people its like making a two dimensional sculpture. I love carving, using my hands, and creating a surface, that I can then roll up with ink and print.
What is the thing that you struggle with most in your Printmaking?
The hardest part for me has always been image making. The what should I draw dilemma. Believe or not the "easy" part for me is carving and printing, because I can just turn my brain off and work; getting lost in the carving and reducing of the block. I will usually start with one image that inspires me and branch off from there. If I'm really stuck or just need a break I usually work abstractly, playing with line, color, and layering.
Is printmaking/art what you do full-time? If so, how did you start out? At what point did you realize this was something that could sustain you, and what was that like?
After graduate school I worked as an Adjunct Professor at two schools teaching printmaking, drawing, 2-design and Intro to Art. I saw myself continuing teaching, but shortly after the birth of my son 3 years ago we relocated. I now stay home with my two kids and have pursued creating and selling my work more. I have a small studio in our home that I work out of. Selling my work is by no means sustainable yet, since the kids take up most of my time, and a create work at a much more slower pace, but I'm hoping over time I can grow myself as a printmaker in my community.
Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
I don't consider myself one specific type of artist. I'm not specifically an abstract artist, although I do love working abstract, I'm not a landscape or portrait artist, even though I've made some. I make a little bit of everything, and I just consider myself a printmaker.
How can people find you online?
Thank you SO MUCH to Kristina for taking the time to interview with us!
Thanks to our readers as well, who have read this far! Please leave a comment with your thoughts and get a discussion going! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring some minds together!
If you're interested in being a featured artist, contact me at JustPrintmaking@gmail.com
I plan to feature a new artist every month through an interview process similar to this.