New Jersey-based painter, Kirsten Angel has been painting female figurative statues and portraits for the past several years. She takes inspiration from the women in her life and aims to freeze memories and emotions in time using both historical and newly imagined painted statues. She works in mixed media: paint (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), charcoal, graphite, collage materials, and embroidery. She holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Delaware, an MAT in Visual Arts from UARTS, and is currently getting an MFA in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design.
The female relationships in my life have always been important to me, but as I transition into mid-life, I am more aware than ever of their value. I am drawn to women who embody wisdom and strength, seek continued growth, and have empathy for others. These women have a beauty that transcends age. I seek to capture their spirit and energy in each portrait I create.
My experience traveling has exposed me to sculptures from around the world. No matter what culture they are from, the emotions they inspire cut across time and place. I paint my subjects as stone or bronze sculptures to freeze them at this moment. I speak with each woman to understand how she sees herself, her hopes and dreams, and the things that remain most important at this stage in her life. If she has passed, I speak to her children and listen to their memories of the deceased. I strive to immortalize the feelings I get from those conversations. Each inspires a different background; some natural and some abstract.