In her multi-piece series, Bloom, artist Kristi Kohut has turned the lens of consumer culture inward, drawing on her background in advertising to explore the ways we internalize visual, verbal, and material goods and messages. Each work blurs the line between painting, collage, and bas-relief sculpture.
Ranging in scale from approximately 2 to 6 feet, Kohut’s original works are made using a labor-intensive process that includes culling visual content over time to imbue her work with an authentic, autobiographical essence. The artist then selects and transforms the snippets of clothing tags, magazine advertising, photographs, found paper, and pieces of Kohut’s own ink and pastel artwork. Every carefully culled piece is backed in acrylic, coated with cut glass glitter, and shaped into an individual flower.
The works in the Bloom series exist between micro and macro, inviting the viewer to step back and absorb the glittering aesthetic delights of Kohut’s collage, and pulling them in to discover the organic, highly varied raw materials. Each flower stands alone, inviting interpretation in its own right, while also playing off the color and language cues of its neighboring blossoms