Kristine Schomaker

A dedicated conceptualist, philosopher and surrealist autobiographer, my current work is part of a new cross-platform project called “An Ode to a Lost Love” 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 and mannequins, sculptural installation, digital animation made in Second Life, and narrative photography and video.

My visual style is one of density and delicacy, control and chaos, intuition and deliberation. My marriage of concept and technique emphasizes the artifice of the manufactured beauty standards that can obscure our true selves from the world. As the gravitational layers of paint coalesce into "metaphorical skins" and are applied to pared-down emblems of domestic interiors, especially the rich metaphor of the obscured vanity mirror, I illuminate a moment at which we have a chance to truly see ourselves.

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, art events and Artillery magazine, while still representing individual artists. Kristine is also the editor of Art and Cake a contemporary L.A. Art Magazine reviewing shows, interviewing art influencers and covering art world events that will impact how the Los Angeles art scene will be remembered. 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. For three years, Kristine was the President, social media, advertising and marketing manager of the Brewery Artwalk Association.