The Contortions are made entirely of layer upon layer of acrylic paint which is applied methodically to a wooden panel support. When it reaches a thickness of up to a half-inch, it is pulled up from the support and cut with a box cutter. After being attached directly to the wall with nails, gravity pulls on the paint attenuating connections and continuing to change each piece. Not only is a temporal record created by the build-up of layers, but also by the paint sagging, stretching, and bending over time. As I began this project, I was thinking about the spastic dances and gymnastics kids do to show-off. I related this to strategic, artistic maneuvering and, as a result, The Contortions are meant to poke lightheartedly at the seriousness of painting.
Kris Scheifele has a BFA in Painting and a BA in English from Cornell University. As an undergraduate, she attended Skowhegan on a full fellowship. While working on her MFA in fine arts at Pratt Institute, she was selected by juror Lia Gangitano for Symposium, which included public critiques by four critics/curators. She is also a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2009 MFA grant recipient. Recently, she has shown her work at PS 122 and The CUE Art Foundation in NYC and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery in Brooklyn.,