This week we welcome artist Kristina Libby. Libby works in oil paints, ceramics and sculpture. Her work has been discussed and reviewed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, New York Post, NY Magazine, NBC, ABC and FOX, among others. Notably, her public art series
“The Floral Heart Project” was cited as the catalyst for the introduction of Covid-19 memorial legislation in both the U.S. Congress and with the U.S. Congress of Mayors. You may recall that Epicenter-NYC presented a livestream of the Floral Heart Project performance at Rockaway Beach back in November, 2020.
Her art has been featured at the Arizona Historical Society Museum, One Community Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Libby’s art is an effort to negotiate the “left over” space after violence and trauma. How do we rebuild when hit with violence; how do we restore when hit with loss; how do we renegotiate what it means to be human? Or, more succinctly, it is part of a long effort to ask a simple question: why are we human? And, what are we meant to become?
“My public art has dealt with grief and loss. And, my studio work deals with what I worry is the permanent destruction of our landscapes. These pieces are intended to capture the imagination, highlight moments of awe and reconnect people with the surprising experiences of being human. This is an expansion of the work I’m most well known for: the Floral Heart Project, a Covid-19 memorial effort.