Born into an artistic lineage, Kristine Poole has been following her creative path from her youngest days. Early on, she developed a passion for representational art and rendering the human figure. She is devoted to her study at museums around the world, making annual pilgrimages to draw inspiration from many diverse genres, artists and periods. Kristine began her professional education at Northern Michigan University. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in ceramic sculpture, she continued her artistic development apprenticing with master ceramist John Glick and master glass blower Steven Hourigan as well as developing her proficiency in all aspects of the bronze casting process at Shidoni Foundry. Following a brief shift in her creative focus to the performing arts, she applied her refined understanding of movement, line and anatomy to her life-sized fired clay figurative work, resulting in her current style of classically inspired contemporary realism. Her work is currently represented exclusively by EVOKE Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM and is included in museum collections and notable private fine art collections around the country. Her work has been reviewed, featured and recognized with awards in various international publications

includingThe Wall Street Journal, Spectrum, 500 Figures in Clay, Ceramics Ireland, Art Ltd., Fine Art Today, Vision Illustrated and the Art Renewal Center International Salon Catalogue among others. She has been commissioned to create works ranging from the petite to monumental public art works for various public and private collectors including The Carnegie Library in Michigan, Spectrum, The Denver Comic Con, The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She frequently gives demonstrations, offers professional training on creating large-scale sculpture, and lectures on art and business, most recently at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Las Cruces Art Museum, The Goggleworks, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Santa Fe College.

She currently lives and creates in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains overlooking Santa Fe, frequently collaborating on sculpture projects with her husband, Colin Poole.
The first time I stepped into a clay studio, I knew this was to be my life’s work. The smell and the feel were as familiar to me as my own hands. The tactile nature of form- ing the clay was irresistibly seductive, hinting at an innate connection between creativity and sensuality which led me directly to working with the figure. From the beginning, I knew instinctively that the limitless possibilities presented by an unformed lump of clay made it the perfect medium with which to explore the unlimited expressions imaginable with the human body.

Concept and content are essentialin my work. Classically inspired with contemporary overtones, my sculptures bring into consideration diverse topics including sociocultural experience and commentary, the source of inspiration and the muse, and reflections on my personal life odyssey. These ideas are developed intuitively on the timeless funda- mentals of anatomy and attention to detail, blending the challenges of rendering the beauty of the human form with my inherent curiosity and love of storytelling.

With many pieces, my focus is on telling the story simply through the figure itself, but just as frequently, I use the form as a canvas. I often cover the body with text,juxtapos- ing a visceral reaction to the subtleties of body language with a time-based, cerebral re- sponse to the power of words. Relief imagery and motifs are also used at times to em- bellish the story of the piece. Both the text and relief work create patterns that obscure and at the same time emphasize the forms of the body, heightening the sense of being able to read a person’s interior landscape and experience through the external forms of the body.

Often life-sized, my current sculptures are built hollow, with no armature and fired in one piece.Large scale figurative sculpture has always fascinated me - both the physicality of creating it and the way it leaves a palpable impression of another being in my space, one that demands my notice and attention.

To pause for a few moments, lost in the experience of a sculpture, engaging in the questions, considerations and imagery as its story unfolds is ultimately sharing a mo- ment in the imagination of the maker and opens the door for the viewer to ponder and begin creating for themselves, if only in their mind.
Solo, Group and Juried Exhibitions:

• 2018 CAST: Art and Objects. Wayne Art Center. Wayne, PA

• 2018 22nd National Ceramic Competition. San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. San Angelo, TX

• 2018 Maidens of Myth. Mazza Museum. Findlay, OH

• 2018 In Repose. EVOKE Contemporary. Santa Fe, NM

• 2018 Visual Voices: Truth Narratives. Contemporary Craft. Pittsburgh, PA

• 2018 Sculpture in the Park. Loveland, CO

• 2017 Contemporary Figurations. Annie Meyer Gallery. NCECA, Portland, OR

• 2017 Naked in Santa Fe. Offroad Productions. Santa Fe, NM

• 2017 The Enchanted Brush Exhibition-Villains. Mazza Museum of International Art From Picture Books, Findlay, OH

• 2017 Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibition. Scarab Club, Detroit, MI

• 2017 IX:10, Imagine This. A Celebration of Imaginative Realism.Goggleworks, Reading, PA

• 2017 2017 Women’s Works. The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

• 2017 Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO

• 2016 IX:9, Imagine This. A Celebration of Imaginative Realism.Goggleworks, Reading, PA

• 2016 National Sculpture Society’s 2016 83rd Annual Awards Exhibition. Pawleys Island, SC

• 2016 Point of Vision. Museum of American Illustration, New York City, NY

• 2016 ICONIC. EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

• 2016 Refined IX. SFA Art Galleries, Nacogdoches, TX

• 2016 Erotica. MEI Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

• 2015 Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. Zanesville Museum of Fine Art, Zanesville, OH

• 2015 From the Ground Up XXVII. Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM

• 2015 Monochromatic. EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

• 2015 Lennon. Krab Jab Gallery, Seattle, WA

• 2015 Epic. EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

• 2014 Re-presenting the Nude III. EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

• 2014 2013 / 2014 ARC International Salon. Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ

• 2014 Art You Can Feel. Westpark Gallery, Roseville CA

• 2014 The Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show 2014. Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington, IN

• 2014 The Armory Show. CCA Munoz-Waxman Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

• 2014 America’s Clayfest II. Blue Line Arts Gallery, Roseville, CA

• 2014 From the Earth. Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ

• 2014 Functional Art. Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

• 2014 27th Annual Women’s Works. The Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock, IL

• 2014 Incarnate. Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

• 2013 Women in Art. Las Lagunas Gallery, Las Lagunas, CA 2013 FireWorks. The Exhibit Space, Santa Fe, NM

• 2013 We Who Are Clay. Fuller Art Center, Los Alamos, NM 2012 Anthro. GVG Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM

• 2012 Collect Ten. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM




 
• 2018 Finalist: Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize.

• 2018 People’s Choice Award. 22nd National Ceramic Competition. San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, TX

• 2018 Jury. Infected by Art, Volume 6. Hermes Press

• 2017 Bronze Award. Mixed Media Category. Infected by Art, Volume 5. Hermes Press

• 2017 Invited Artist Residency. Buffalo Creek Art Center, Gardnerville, NV.

• 2017 Jury. The Spectrum Muse Rising Star Award. SFAL, Kansas City, KS

• 2016 Kiln God Residency Award. “Exploring the Figure.” Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Newcastle, ME

• 2016 First Place. Refined IX. SFA Galleries, Nacogdoches, TX

• 2016 Jury. The Spectrum Muse Rising Star Award. The Spectrum Awards, New York City, NY

• 2015 Purchase Award. From the Ground Up. Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM

• 2015 Finalist. Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics. Zanesville Museum of Fine Art, Zanesville, OH

• 2015 Honorable Mention: Sculpture. ARC International Salon Catalogue. Art Renewal Center

• 2015 Jury. The Spectrum Muse Rising Star Award. SFAL, Kansas City, KS

• 2015 Featured Artist. BBBS of New Mexico. Santa Fe, NM

• 2014 Silver Award: Dimensional Division. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art. Flesk Publications

• 2014 Finalist: Dimensional Division. Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art. Flesk Publications

• 2014 Honorable Mention: Functional Art, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA

• 2013 Best of Show: We Who Are Clay, Fuller Arts Center, Los Alamos, NM
• 2018 Masters of Contemporary Fine Art-volume 3. Art Galaxie, Ltd. 2018

• 2018 Bravo, Hugo. Vision Illustrated. November, 2018

• 2017 McLaughlin, Katy. The Iconoclastic Homes of Top Artists. Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2017

• 2017 Merida-Paytes, Lisa. Reflections and Inspirations. Ceramics Ireland, Issue 39, 2017

• 2017 Townsend, Jan and Zettle-Sterling, Renee. CAST. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2017

• 2017 Townsend, Jen. CAST Contributors Featured in The Wall Street Journal. Cast Art and Objects. com. May 2017

• 2017 Todd Spoor and Bill Cox. Infected by Art, Volume 5. • Neshannock, PA: Hermes Press, 2017

• 2017 Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. San Jose, CA: Flesk Publications, November 2017

• 2016 2015/2016 ARC Salon Catalogue. Port Reading, NJ: Art Renewal Center, December 2016

• 2016 Shelley Selim, Jo Lauria, Ezra Shales. John Glick: A Legacy in Clay. Bloomfield Hills, MI: Cranbrook Art Museum

• 2016 Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. San Jose, CA: Flesk Publications, November 2016

• 2016 Todd Spoor and Bill Cox. Infected by Art, Volume 4. Neshannock, PA: Hermes Press, 2016

• 2015 2014/2015 ARC Salon Catalogue. Port Reading, NJ: Art Renewal Center, December 2015

• 2015 Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. San Jose, CA: Flesk Publications, November 2015

• 2015 Mclister, Iris. “Kristine Poole: ‘Epic’ at EVOKE Contemporary.” Art Ltd. Magazine. July 2015

• 2015 Lofaro, Jerry. “Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4.” Airbrush Action Magazine. July 2015

• 2015 Fleskes, John. “The Spectrum Muse.” Fleskpublications.com/blog. May 2015

• 2015 “Sculptor Kristine Poole Gives New Meaning to the Words Body Language.”Steamfeed.com. April 2015

• 2015 Fleskes, John. “Announcing the Spectrum Rising Star Award.” FleskPublications.com/blog. April 2015

• 2015 Carlson, Jeffrey. “Figure, Script, Message. Sculpture by Kristine Poole.” Fine Art Today. March 2015

• 2015 “Kinfolk: Plum Tree Pottery.” The Studio Potter. Vol. 43, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2015

• 2014 2013/2014 ARC Salon Catalogue. Port Reading, NJ: Art Renewal Center, 2014

• 2014 Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. San Jose, CA: Flesk Publications, 2014

• 2014 Wojciechowski,Christa. “Exciting News for The Sculptor.” My Sweet Delirium, christawojo.com. November 2014

• 2014 Bruckner, Tim. “The Sculptor’s Secret World, Part 7.” MuddyColors.blogspot.com. August 2014

• 2014 Identity: The Catalogue. New York City, NY: Gallery Nine5, May 2014

• 2014 Whitney-Ward, Cynthia. “Romancing the Clay.” ChasingSantaFe.blogspot.com. February 2014

• 2014 Smith, Nan. 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2014

• 2013 “We Who Are Clay.” LAMonitor.com. March 2013

• 2013 “Featured Artist.” Artisan-Santa Fe.com. February 2013

• 2005 “40 under 40.” New Mexico Business Weekly. Albuquerque, NM. June 2005