b. 1967, Newton, MA-US
Kirsten Stolle is a visual artist working in collage, drawing, and site-responsive installations. Her research-based practice is grounded in the investigation of corporate propaganda, environmental politics and biotechnology. She appropriates practices of redaction, manipulation and distortion to confront industry misinformation. Her work examines the global influence of agrichemical and pharmaceutical corporations on our food supply and considers the connection between corporate interests and public health.
Her ongoing multi-disciplinary project Genetically Commodified targets the industrialization of food production, the commodification of nature and the manipulation of genes for profit. Using 20th century medical books, agricultural catalogs, USDA promotional videos, and mid-century chemical company magazine advertisements, she creates hybridized works that critique the prevailing narrative. Stolle invites reconsideration of what once represented the American dream, the blind faith in progress through science and technology, and the role of business in making a profit. Her most recent area of research focuses on the impact of facial recognition technology and the historical legacy of military weapons in context with our current state of aerial drones and surveillance systems.
Stolle received a BA in Visual Arts from Framingham State University and completed studies at Richmond College (London) and Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Jose Museum of Art (CA), Crocker Art Museum (CA), and Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN). Select US solo exhibitions include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC, The Turchin Center for the Visual Art, NC and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, CA. Her work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Made in Mind, Spolia Literary Magazine, New American Paintings, among others. She currently lives and works in Asheville, North Carolina.