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1994-2004

Krist Mills

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994-2004

Krist Mills

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

Vanessa AlburyA. Bills-LeviGayle BrookerLisa ChouMargaret ClarkeT. DavidsonSteven DavisJohn DuckworthMeghan HenleyKrist MillsSue MurrayDorothy NetherlandsRachel O’NealLarissa PatelLynn PattersonMatt SmithsonJonathan Walsh

To create an exhibit drawn from works by Studio Art graduates may seem to be a daunting task; faced with so many choices, the result could become merely arbitrary or too disparate to cohere as an exhibition. But in fact, my experience was quite the contrary. All artists have at least one thing in common—they all have influences. And for all of these artists, one of their most influential experiences was the time they spent as Studio Art students at the College of Charleston.

In this exhibit, I see the influences as well as the individual accomplishments of artists who studied here at the College. Whether faintly or pronounced, the impressions of their Studio Art professors resonate in these works. The goal, however, of myself and Dr. Marian Mazzone was to choose a select group of Studio Art alumni whose works have continued to develop, becoming their own unique creations and contributions. By limiting the selection to Studio Art graduates of the past ten years, we were able to look at the work of artists who are still developing their sense of “self” in the art world, while also still having some identity with the College.

Krist Mills was born in Augusta, GA and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2001 with a B.A. in Studio Art. He then studied painting and printmaking in Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia. Mills is a founding member of Redux Contemporary Art Center, 2002.

Krist Mills

FRESH WORK: COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON ALUMNI EXHIBITION, 1994 – 2004

1994-2004
ARTIST STATEMENT

The paintings in this exhibition represent an ongoing struggle that has occupied me since I returned from Italy. When I left the College of Charleston , I felt very confident in the direction my work was taking, and felt I understood my place as a contemporary artist. Being away from my life in the States, and bombarded with Old Master works, produced a profound uneasiness in me. I started to feel like my work to that point was missing something that my ego had blinded me to. I felt like I needed to start over from the beginning. The process of relearning how to produce images has not been rewarding, nor do I think that I have accomplished much in that pursuit, but these works represent the struggle to bridge a gap between what I thought I knew and everything the European masters have taught me.

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