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Kristine Mays is an African-American artist currently living and working in San Francisco, California. Independently trained, and a self-described “maker”, she began creating with wire in 1993, after years of drawing, sketching, sewing, and bead work. Of her current work, Mays says, "I am honored and humbled that I can spend my life creating artwork and sharing it with the world.”
Kristine Mays creates life-size wire sculptures that reveal the human form. Sculpted from thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together, each garment embodies a fleeting gesture or expression.
Loosely inspired by the movement of Alvin Ailey's dance composition "Revelation", Rich Soil pays honor to the ancestors- those that walked, lived on, and tended to this land- to the lives that have been overlooked and "forgotten" within our history. These forms deliver a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others. Within the confines of hard metal wire is a sense of resilience and perseverance - a need to push forward and thrive. The work also speaks to identity - the question of who we are and what we can do with our lives, the impact our lives have on the world.
Mays seeks to create change with her art, creating socially conscious works of beauty that speak to social issues. She has participated in programming at the De Young Museum, the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), and exhibited at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Her exhibition Rich Soil has been presented at Filoli Historic House and Garden in California, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington DC and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Mays is represented by Modernism Inc. Gallery. Collectors of her work include Star Wars creator George Lucas and the collector and philanthropist Peggy Cooper Cafritz, with her work also displayed in many private collections throughout the United States.