12×12 Artist Krystle Brewer

August 13, 2015

12x12 Art Fundraiser |

Today we feature an interview with one of our 12×12 Art Fundraiser featured artists, Krystle Brewer of Tulsa. Krystle Brewer received her BFA from Oklahoma City University in 2009 and her MA from Oklahoma State University in 2014. She currently lives in Tulsa and holds the position of Associate Director for 108 Contemporary.

What inspires you to create art?
For my work, the conceptual aspect comes first. I’m not sure I can say that there is inspiration for it exactly; it’s more like I’m acted upon and the work is a reaction against or in need of a way to cope with it. For the actual art object, the physical and visual end result has pretty clear inspirations, however.  In my  Handkerchiefs series, I am visually inspired by the work of Margaret Kinkeade and Xiaomiao Wang. My work combines some of their techniques while adding my own element of the cross-stitched flowers.

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Krystle Brewer, “He Was a Shitty Roommate, a Good Husband,” and my Best Friend, ceramics and natural fibers, 2012

How do you choose your materials?
Ceramics has always been my primary medium, but fiber worked its way in to my works because it fit the concept. I’m really interested in ideas of utility/access and the removal of utility/access. These materials have allowed me to do that. In Handkerchiefs, the use of clay prohibits their functionality as well.

What do you hope viewers take away from your works?
I wanted my work to be in layers so the viewer could chose what they wanted to take away. If they want to stop at “pretty”, I’m okay with that. If they want to delve down into all of the experiences and choices that let to the work and know every intimate detail, I’m okay with that too. I also hope that the viewers who have had similar life experiences can relate. I had a woman come up to me and say that she went through a divorce when she was young and she totally understood the work and thought it captured it perfectly. To me, that was a win and exactly what I had hoped for. Obviously, not everyone will have the experiences and be able to relate. That’s okay too.

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Krystle Brewer, “Untitled (Sweetpea),” ceramics and thread, 2015

For the Handkerchief pieces, I also just wanted to be able to talk to the public about loss. In my own loss experience I felt as though I was refused the voice the speak about it: it’s not polite, it makes people uncomfortable, etc. I thought having more work that talks about it could be good for people.

Where else can viewers see your work?
Viewers can see work on my website, www.krystlebrewer.com.

View and purchase artwork by 175 Oklahoma artists at the 12×12 Art Fundraiser, September 11, 2015 at the Science Museum Oklahoma. The 12×12 Art Fundraiser supports the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s programs, supporting artists statewide. Learn more at www.12x12okc.org.