Artist Spotlight: Kristy Kaburopulos
It’s time for week three of our Artist Spotlight Series! We’re a few weeks away from the opening night of our exhibit, so if you’re in Aspen this summer, mark your calendars for August 4th and come join us for a wonderful night of art.
This week, we are focussing in on veteran artist, Kristy Kaburopulos. Kristy received an Associates Degree in Visual Arts in 2013, and another Associates Degree in Photography in 2015 from Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. At her school, Kristy represented the sculpture department twice in the Women of the Arts Show for Women’s History Month. Kristy also represented her school in the 28th League for Innovation, an international student art competition. She is currently designing a website for her work, and working on numerous commissioned pieces.
In art, Kristy found a way to cope with the struggles of her military experience. She is driven by exploration through the process of creating. In her words, “in the same way a single smile has the power to change the course of someone’s day, my intent for the viewer, and myself, is to bring thoughts and feelings of affinity and harmony to the surface in an attempt to let go of the struggle and discord of our experiences.”
Kristy’s featured artwork, titled “Resilience,” is made from steel as an expression of inner strength. She chose to use ivy as the structure of the body because it is a plant of high resilience—Kristy explains, “whether it is basking in the rays of the sun or hiding in the shadows, it will flourish and continue to climb to new heights no matter what lies in its way.” Kristy wants you, the viewers of this piece, to know that no matter what you have been through, you can choose to focus on growth.