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Kristie Keenon, Exploring Our Culture
~Kristie
Keenon
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Kristie Keenon was born in Lansing, MI on
the 52
nd
anniversary of Martin Luther King
Jr.’s birth and has shared in his dream to
amend the legitimate discontent of our
unjust world. Keenon is a
socially
conscious post-modern abstract artist
whose work is about issues concerning
the institution of race, ethnicity, identity,
gender and queerness. However, the
work itself is a unique hybrid of the
tradition of painting and the modern use
of technology. It is made up of digital
images that have been manipulated
then interpreted into paint on canvas.
Her work also takes a form that
challenges accepted ideas of what art
should look like and the norms of
society. It appears deceptively random,
Artist on the Rise
I am a woman. I am
white. I am
queer. These are the
conditions I feel are
important in my
personal,
professional, and
internal life.
Kristie Keenon
Contemporary + Post-Modernist
painter making a name for
herself in Chicago and around
the world.
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CHICAGO:
Artist on the Rise
Kristie Keenon
Contemporary + Post-Modernist painter making a name
for herself in Chicago and around the world.
I am a woman. I am white. I am queer. These are
the conditions I feel are important in my personal,
professional, and internal life.
~Kristie Keenon
Kristie Keenon was born
in Lansing, Michigan on the 52nd
anniversary of the birth of Martin
Luther King nd has shared is
dream to amend the discontent of
our unjust world. Keenon is a
socially conscious post-modern
abstract artist whose work is about
issues concerning the institution of
race, ethnicity, identity, gender,
and homosexuality. However, the
work itself is a unique h brid of the
tradition of painting and the mod-
ern use of technology. It is made up
of digital images that have b en
manipulated then
interpreted into paint on canvas.
Her work also takes a form that
challenges accepted ideas of what
art should look like according to
the norms of society. It appears de-
ceptively random, but the
balanced composition is obviously
intentional. There is a strange
beauty in her subjects, even though
some have an eerie or threatening
quality. Keenon’s use of col r acts
as a softening buffer and also
brings a delicate beauty to her
work. Her intuitive choices please
and grasp the viewer’s
attention.
What influences
your work?
I am a woman. I am white. I am
queer. These are the conditions I
feel are important in my personal,
professional, and internal life.
Vigoré magazine
dedicates a focus on the
growth and achievement of
young artists who often
challenge themselves to
unlock their fears, and ex-
plore their greatest creative
force, finding strength
through the artistic expression
of their discoveries. Vigore´
encourages artistic expression
and hopes the interpretation
of these discoveries presented
in Vigoré magazine will be
accepted in good faith and
compassion for each artist’s
journey.
Vigoré
Vigoré
Kristie Keenon