Anna Kristina Goransson

In Between

October 8 – November 26, 2016

Opening Reception: October 8, 2016 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Join us Saturday, October 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. for the opening reception of In Between. Goransson, a Boston-based fiber artist, will examine the making process through formal investigations and explorations of felted works. The exhibition will be on display through November 26, 2016.

Kristina’s artistic background includes a BFA in Furniture from RISD, a MFA from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in Fibers along with years of creating work and teaching felting, dyeing, and other fibers techniques. She has spent time at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Haystack, and Oregon College of Art and Craft to further her  artistic endeavours. While she has always been an artist, Kristina began felting in 2005 when she was attending graduate school. With the introduction to felting, she could fulfill her desire to create three-dimensional forms that were lightweight and saturated with color. The labor intensive process was also something that drew her to continue exploring wool and what is possible.

Kristina’s work is influenced by her childhood growing up in northern Sweden and Scandinavian aesthetics can be witnessed in her work. Kristina creates work that is clean and process oriented. She continues to create work and teach in New England where she lives with her family.

While the title of this show started out as a conversation between two artists I found it appropriate to keep the title as the show changed. I think of ‘In Between’ being symbolic of a variety of concepts happening in my work. My work can be abstract while being literal translations of nature; at times otherworldly, the forms are very much made of this world; color and repetition can have hints of Swedish folklore while at the same time being based in modern design. My work is located in between craft, art, and design…or perhaps embodies all of these supposed different ways of categorizing creativity.

“The works in this exhibit are all hand felted using a very simple, old technique that only requires wool, water, soap, and a bit of arm strength. The fibers join forces to create strong, seamless forms that I then dye in vibrant colors. The process itself gives me inspiration and freedom to explore both form and color as I am working. Other sources of inspiration come from wanderings in the woods and the beauty I find there as well as the thoughts that swirl as I walk.”