Statement & Bio
I create images and objects about human, animal, and plant interactions in places where these relationships are defining the Anthropocene. Recent projects relate to nuclear waste in the high desert of the western United States, declining habitat in the grasslands of the Great Plains, and the effects of climate change on species everywhere. In the work, animals and plants serve as emblems of nature and as metaphors for human desires. I use detail, repetition and patterns inspired by those encountered in the natural world as a representational tool while also use mark making to express empathy, loss, and longing.
Kirsten Furlong was born in Milwaukee, WI and currently lives and works in Boise, ID. She received a BFA from the University of Nebraska and a MFA from Boise State University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions and she has a forthcoming solo show at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in 2020. Experiences at artist residencies in Denali National Park in Alaska, Signal Fire and PLAYA in Oregon, Jentel and Brush Creek in Wyoming, Montello Foundation in the Great Basin of Nevada, Prairieside Outpost in Kansas, and Good Hart Artist Residency in Michigan have created the foundation for many recent projects. Kirsten is the director of the galleries and a lecturer in the Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies at Boise State University, Boise, ID. In those roles she has curated and organized over one-hundred exhibitions and taught the capstone exhibition course for undergraduate art students.