Kristina Kalabacas

Email: kkal1922@gmail.com

‘Where is my mind?’

Film (medium format). Photographed by Justin King.

The Girl with the Red Shoes

Digital. Location: Parsons studio. Fall 2018

Notions of Femininity

Digital. Location: Parsons studio. Fall 2018

Provocation

Digital. Location: Parsons studio. Fall 2018

Bound

Digital. Photographed by Azalea Jeanette. Styled by Mabel Liang Assisted by Sarah Binde. Location: The POD. Fall 2018

Delicacy

Digital. Photographed by Louis Seigal. Location: Brooklyn, NY. Fall 2018

Desire

Digital. Photographed by Louis Seigal. Location: Brooklyn, NY. Spring 2019

After Party

Digital. Photographed by Louis Seigal. Location: Brooklyn, NY. Fall 2018

Muse

Digital. Photographed by George Chemas. Location: Weehawken, NJ. Winter 2018

Masquerade

Digital. Location: Parsons studio. Fall 2018

Artist Statement

As a person and artist, I wear many hats. My work is about the malleability of the self. I want my studio practice to explore this and create a gallery of these depictions. I am portrayed differently yet not different because it is still me. I am the subject of my works and like to make a story through visuals that I create. This body of work is using portraiture to explore identity. I am interested in seeing how varying perspectives can change on a single subject. I incorporate my skills into my work, and my artwork is motivated by my practice. I compare the perspectives of gazes on the female body through photography, how sensuality can be used as a form of empowerment and how it can be done creatively when working with other artists to create an image. How I depict myself in comparison to how someone else (the photographers I work with) depicts me. However, it is important that I am in full creative control even though the images are created with the help of someone else, I want to control the perspective both indirectly and directly. The themes I work with are a provocation, evocation, sensuality, suggestiveness, and implication. This process for me is a form of empowerment and having a sexual agency by not necessarily controlling the gaze of the viewer, rather re-work the images that I put out in order to open up questions about the male and female gaze and being able to have full creative control. In photography and modelling, I use the elements of art such as form, composition, color theory, light, shadow, etc. All these practices manifest in my artwork visually and result in the creation of imagery. By elevating the value of femininity, I hope to put emphasize the idea of the self (image)…your own gaze is more important than anyone else’s gaze.