artist statement kristin levier
I became a dedicated studio artist after nearly two decades as a research molecular biologist, and I continue to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. I see beauty and wonder in both the fierce and the subtle, and find the most fascinating things in nature to be those at the boundary between what is beguiling and what is threatening. Much of my sculpture is focused in this realm.
I love things that undulate, slither and flutter in their environments, and spend my time working to create objects that appear to have a sense of organic motion. I am preoccupied with internal mechanisms and how living entities move and feed and protect themselves and their young. I am amazed by the complexity and beauty of such things.
The nature of the sculptural creatures I make is intentionally ambiguous. Are they benign or hostile? Microscopic or enormous? Plant or animal? My focus is instead on providing a glimpse into the private, unfamiliar world of a living being making its way in the world.