I could begin with influences—how the sculptor Una Hanbury, my grandmother, mentor, and hero—seeded lessons in my childhood that continue to blossom. Or, I could write of the old icon painter who invited me to create in his studio and gave me his love for tradition, mythology, and the Greek isles. But, I’d rather you see it in the strengths of my landscapes and the hues of my forms.
I could write of the intensity of my days—how I cherish nearly every moment, sketching the mood and scene on tattered scraps of paper, café napkins, or in the back of my mind to be later manifested in oil or bronze. I could describe my craving to wander and my desire to play. Hopefully you feel this in the twists of my Tuscan dirt roads, or in the shadows of the bordering cypress trees. I would love to create a map for you—directions to show the routes of my mind—how thoughts move from female form to Mediterranean landscape to a beautifully pocked and scarred quince. But, I am no cartographer and would much rather paint than play with a compass.
I could tell you of my travels—trips that have little to do with pretension and everything to do with the search. I could write of how I have missed planes and rescheduled itineraries so that I might stay in a land just a bit longer, knowing that the scene I seek is too near for me to depart. And then, words would tumble over themselves in my excitement to tell you what I dreamed and found and painted. But, in truth I wish you to experience my work unencumbered by my words. What I have created I place before you.
Kristine Poole was born in Novi, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Michigan University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in ceramic sculpture. After apprenticing with both master potter John Glick and master glass blower Steven Hourigan, she moved to Santa Fe, NM to work for Shidoni bronze casting foundry. In this early phase of her sculptural work, her work was exhibited in numerous national exhibits.
Some time after this move, Kristine’s creative focus shifted to the performing arts. During this time, she concentrated on teaching and developing choreography, enhancing her knowledge of bodies, gesture and the human condition. She established and operated her own dance studio as well as founding “Body Flight,” a professional dance company. In 2006, she was selected for New Mexico business weekly’s “40 under 40” award for her contributions in dance and business. Coming full circle, she applied her refined knowledge of movement, line and anatomy to her life sized fired clay figurative work.
Her work is currently represented by EVOKE Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM and has been shown in juried and invitational exhibits across the country. Her sculptures have been juried into various national and international publications, including “500 Figures in Clay,” “CAST,” “Spectrum 22” and “Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art,” receiving the Silver Award in the Dimensional Category, and “The ARC International Salon Catalogue,” for which she received an Honorable Mention in the Sculpture category, among others.
Reviews and features of her work have been published by sources including “Fine Art Today,” “Art Ltd.” “Airbrush Action,” “Flesk Publications,” and “Muddy Colors,” among others. Her work is included in museum permanent collections and private collections of note around the country. She frequently give lectures, demonstrations, offers workshops and participates on panel discussions regarding art, business, ceramics and large-scale sculpture. Kristine currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM with her husband Colin Poole, a painter and sculptor with whom she frequently collaborate on unique projects.