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Q & A With Kristen Stain

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Grew up in Fresno, California.

When did you realize creating art was your calling? How old were you? Was there a piece you created that made you realize this passion?

I’ve always loved to draw. My mom says she knew I was an artist when I was about four years old, she says I drew a stick figure looking around the corner, lol. Supposedly she has it somewhere in our storage.

What medium did you start working with at the beginning of your artistic career?

I was put in a few art classes and I really got into acrylic painting, and pencil drawing.

What pushes your drive to create?

I’m a relatively spiritual person, I think God is the greatest artist of all time and we are made in His image which is so cool to me. I am also a person who simply loves beauty in all of its forms and I think the artist has a responsibility to reflect the times. It is a privilege to be gifted with artistic talent, and an even greater privilege to also pursue it. I think that my journey so far has allowed me to experience the joy and pain of life, and here I am unscathed and ready for more lessons. I am grateful for design, it is a direct link to the inner most parts of me; this platform allows me to be my strongest and weakest. Creativity means that I can share the world with you from my viewpoint or create a new world altogether. I am coming into my own, realizing there is already so much within me while still soaking up everything around.

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What are you trying to communicate through your work?

A. Right now, I am really about representation for women, especially women of color, what is considered “alternative” beauty and the youth.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A. My family: a Haitian, Irish, and Southern heritage paired with a lineage riddled with loving people of creativity and intellectualism has been the recipe.  I cannot be separated from this history; it is relentless in making its way into my expression.

What role do you believe artists of color should have in society?

I think we can be representatives, advocates, teachers, listeners, and noisemakers.

Where do you see yourself & your art in 2017?

Well, I’m graduating from the Art Center College of Design on April 22nd–very excited about that. I’m ready to move forward professionally, and I’m looking forward to have more time for my painting and sorting through my fine art ideas. Hopefully I’ll do a show in Los Angeles.

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One gotta go: Soul food, Spanish food, Italian food or Chinese food

I’ve got to go with Chinese food! I love every other type of Asian food, but I don’t think I’ve been taken to a proper Chinese food spot yet.

Most Iconic Pop Culture moment of 2016?

A. It’s a tie between Lemonade and A Seat At The Table, those women snatched my edges all the way off.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

My Wowona Farms baseball cap.

Michelle Obama, our queen forever, calls you to do a special piece for her and she says it could be anything you want, what would your custom piece look like?

Something real black girl magical of course!

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You can check out more of Kristen’s work on her IG (@ketchupstain) and purchase her dope custom and vintage clothing here. Go show her some love! 

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