Born in Saint John New Brunswick, multiple award winner, Kristen Bishop, received her diploma in Fine Craft from the College of Craft and Design of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Now living in Fredericton, Bishop’s work is influenced by her tactile experiences of the St. John River Valley. This influence can be seen in the textures she recovers within her pieces. Bishop’s recent public gallery project is an installation for Nature Trust New Brunswick, Sumac Paths. This piece was awarded 2nd place after being juried into the exhibition Nature of ART of Nature.
“I am interested in building connections. I want people to adorn themselves with a true connection of their own.”
Natural forms familiar to us all are the foundation of the design process for this new body of work. The circles and the pod forms are the vehicle with which I explore a series of life cycles. These broken circles carry vessel-like pods that are whole with life, or open and empty. The inside and outside, the perfect and imperfect are equally important.
Kristen Bishop, 2013
Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. William James, 1906