Working with hard wire, Kristine Mays has captured the softness and femininity of women while at the same time revealing strength, perseverance and resilience. The work captures the physical nature of a woman as well as the essence and soul within as Kristine Mays breathes life into wire. Inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Four Women” and the poems of Nayyirah Waheed, Maya Angelou and a few other great female authors, this exhibition carries themes of multiple identities, love, community, survival, life and pain. This exhibition explores the reality of how we see ourselves and others.
Sculpted from thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together, each of Kristine Mays’ garments embodies a fleeting gesture or expression that delivers a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others. An invisible occupant revealed through the sculpted folds and wrinkles of a garment. A strong female spirit shines forth in the dichotomy of what is revealed. Each sculpture is accompanied by a narrative – usually a quote or remark that adds to the context of the work.
The sculptures look fragile and soft and yet are solid and strong, reminiscent of a foundation of sorts. Within the confines of hard metal wire is a sense of resilience and perseverance — a need to push forward and thrive. The work speaks to identity– the question of who we are and what we can do with our lives, the impact our lives have on the world.