b. 1967, USA
Kirsten Stolle is a visual artist working in collage, drawing, and installation. Her research-based practice is grounded in the investigation of corporate propaganda, environmental politics, and biotechnology. Her work examines the global influence of agrichemical and pharmaceutical corporations on our food supply and the effects of long-lasting toxicity on our bodies, ecosystems, and environment.
Her Specimen Series (2013) of watercolors, painted while reading Rachel Carson’s book of environmentalism, Silent Spring (1962), imagines unseen interferences between bodily interiors and the outside world. Stolle’s art practice in many ways follows Carson’s lead, warning of the pervasive misinformation spread by biotech companies from the post-war era to the present. Tactics of appropriation, redaction, and distortion across different media challenge industry narratives, along with that of the American dream itself.
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 collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, CA, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, and the Crocker Art Museum, CA. She has exhibited at EXPO Chicago 2019; The Mint Museum, NC; Gregg Museum of Art & Design, NC; Fridman Gallery, New York; and Duke University, among others. Her work has been featured in Poetry Magazine, Photograph, TOPIC, Made in Mind, and New American Paintings. Stolle currently lives and works in North Carolina, USA.