KRISTINE SCHOMAKER is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles California. She received her BA in Art History and her MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. Kristine works with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore notions of online identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world.
In early 2012, Kristine turned an art gallery into a re-creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon and held a mixed reality performance/dinner party at the opening. Over the summer she also performed “The Bald and the Beautiful” in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty.
“A comfortable Skin,” Kristine’s latest work is an ongoing multimedia project that documents how she uses virtual and physical avatars to bring more attention to the obsession society has with physical appearance.
She has an active life in the arts, previously teaching art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, forming an artist collective in Los Angeles and organizing and curating numerous art exhibitions. Most recently, she founded Shoebox PR to help visual artists create a presence in the art world. Sitting on two non-profit art boards, Kristine believes in supporting artists by building a community of like-minded people who have a plan, can share resources and bring an idea to fruition. She is currently the President of the Brewery Artwalk Association and is the social media coordinator for the Southern California Women’s Caucus of Art.