Kristen Ramirez explores many media, including printmaking, drawing, painting, and public art. Her work is often about place, conjuring an affection for disorienting urban/suburban places by appropriating signs and symbols of commerce. She represents places and things that are not nostalgiac per se, but everyday, unsightly, slightly deteriorating.
Kristen Ramirez earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, a MA in Education and California Teaching Credential from San Francisco State University, and a MFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Ramirez works for the City of Seattle managing public art projects for the Office of Arts & Culture and serving as artist-in-residence to the Department of Transportation (SDOT). Prior to her government work, Ramirez worked for over twenty years in education in the Bay Area and the Puget Sound regions. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, the University of Washington, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds Community College, and through Path with Art, a non-profit that serves adults in recovery. Her studio practice takes her increasingly into the public realm through community-based projects and murals.
photo by Dan Carrillo