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Kristin Skees
"Cozy Portraits"

2014 Tenth Anniversary Competition Winner

Selected by Eve Schillo, LACMA

March 13-April 6, 2014
Reception March 13, 7-9pm

Rex Bruce

Cozy Portraits - Artist Statement

My work combines traditional women’s craft, contemporary DIY culture, and a love of the unexpected and absurd. The first cozy series (Husband Cozy) began when I found myself newly married and in graduate school. Like an ill-fitting handmade sweater, the cozies are about the claustrophobia of relationships. They represent the ways in which our closest relationships can often walk the fine line between loving and smothering. My current Cozy Portrait series expands on the idea of the Husband Cozy. Here, I create a custom cozy for each person in the project – often my close friends and family, identified by the portrait title. Some of the portraits take a week to complete, and some take a year. From beginning to end, the piece is defined by my relationship, dialog, and collaboration with the person being cozied. The process and the resulting portraits are very specific to each person. But by covering the majority of a person’s identifiable features, they also become abstract and universal. While the final form is a digital photographic print, for me, the piece begins with the first conversation, and the first question: “Can I cozy you?”

Kristin Skees














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