Photos: Shae Rocco . Sabila Savage . Krista Howell . Chris Darst

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              © 2019  Chris Darst         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

About

Artist Statement

 

I sculpt to forge a deeper insight into my life, both past and present. Working through the medium at hand I arrive at a conscious understanding of what it is I am seeing, finding myself in the dicey business of serving-up subconscious thoughts to the conscious mind, using the evolving sculpture as a go-between. These provocations are met with mallets and fire until an accurate form is rendered and diplomacy reestablished between body and mind.

 

Imbalance surfaces throughout my work stemming from a dangerous childhood and rubbing shoulders with humanity during early life on the streets. Imbalance is depicted in dual roles, as cause and effect, to mimic the template of social instability brought on by inequality regarding gender, race, sexual-orientation, and wages. Issues of silence recur as a reminder of its role, not of passivity but complicity, and the toll it exacts on society. 

 

 

Bio

 

Chris Darst is an award-winning San Francisco artist.  She discovered sculpture several years ago as a diversion from a memoir in progress. The words stopped flowing after wandering into the unspeakable, so she quietly covered her Smith-Corona and picked up a blow torch.

 

While her preferred medium is stone, she continually explores a wide array of media utilizing assemblage, reclaimed wood, found object and fabric.

She uses metal and installation to create oversized and evocative sculpture to spark a conversation about the silence that ails humanity. Her work is deeply driven by her own life-experience, the basis of her explorations both into the dark and the illumination with which she returns.

 

Chris has been recognized by Allied Artists of America, NYC for her stone work, and San Francisco Equal Justice Society for her social statement through art. Her recent foray into painting earned a Juror's Award of Merit. Her work is included in private collections and has been featured on Poemman.com and in the pages of Mnemosyne Magazine. She continues to refine her craft and her vision in her pursuit of social justice.