Kristine Schomaker
A dedicated conceptualist and surrealist autobiographer, my current work is part of a new cross-platform project called “A Comfortable Skin” whose leitmotif addresses the de(con)struction of self in relation to society’s perception/projection/reflection of beauty. This work focuses on the complexities of gender identity, body image, and the societal privileging of women's physical beauty over character and intellect. The series already includes painting on canvas, wood and mannequins, sculptural installation, digital animation made in Second Life, and narrative photography and video. Mimicking the procedure of cutting up the body through plastic surgery I then cut up/de(con)struct/reconstruct these art objects that are related to my identity as an analogy to transformation.
From video skins to tangible objects, in Second Life and In Real Life, I focus my attention on a cheeky exploration of the commonplace trappings of childhood, and the role of gender-branded toys in instilling skewed societal values from an early age. Vanities, kitchenettes, toy cars, beauty products, pink shag carpet -- all of these and more seemingly innocuous set pieces of our romper room days reinforce the toxic messaging about women's work and self-worth as a function of body image. Messaging that follows adult women into the boardroom and the bedroom.
Kristine Schomaker is a multidisciplinary artist and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge where she studied under Betty Ann Brown and Samantha Fields. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox PR aimed at helping artists gain a presence in the art world. It has grown to a company with 3 team members and now represents galleries and art events while still representing individual artists. Kristine is also the editor of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art blog reviewing shows, interviewing art influencers and covering art world events that will impact how the Los Angeles art scene will be remembered. She also recently opening an experimental art space, Shoebox Projects where artists create work during a month long residency. Kristine has taught art history at Antelope Valley College and Pasadena City College, formed an artist collective in Los Angeles and has organized and curated numerous art exhibitions throughout Southern California.