Kristen Martincic (Columbia, MO) is a printmaker and installation artist who uses portraits of the human body and clothing to express and reveal intimate moments and emotions. Using appendages, the hands and feet, she examines issues of vulnerability and awkwardness. By extension, undergarments act as a surrogate for the human form. They serve as a symbol of protection from the outside world as well as a means of disguising one’s physical and emotional nakedness. Through a combination of both graphic techniques such as relief and silkscreen printing and her delicate sensibilities and touch the work achieves a beautiful and challenging visual contradiction.
Martincic received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2000 and her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. The Print Center first discovered her when she exhibited in our 77th Annual International Competition: Printmaking in 2003 and immediately began representing her work in the Gallery Store. Martincic has shown across the United States and is in many collections including the Stewart Center Gallery, West Lafayette, IN and the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green, OH.