Kristina Rutar was born in 1989 in Tolmin, Slovenia. She graduated from Art Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana, with an emphasis in ceramic. In 2015 she concluded a postgraduate study of Interdisciplinary Printmaking at Academy Sztuk Pięknych E. Gepperta in Wrocław, Poland. In 2015, she received status of independent artist (sculpture and printmaker) by the Ministry of Culture. In the same year, she also received the title Ambasador of ceramics, as a winner of Future Lights – Ceramics and Its Dimensions program. In 2017, she received from the University of Ljubljana the highest award for her artwork, recognition for important artwork – Priznanje Pomembnega Umetniškega dela. She currently lives in Ljubljana, where she works as an Assistant professor at the department of the Applied Arts / glass and ceramics course, Academy of Fine Art and Design, University of Ljubljana.
My work is a mirror, which narrates personal story while breaking constructs of traditional mediums. Finding and building relations between the individual and artwork is a driving force when creating. I constantly search for unconscious forms when interpreting my surroundings. Abstract forms are born from reinterpreting realistic ones and with ambiguity they tell universal stories, which are dependent on one’s personal narrative. With spontaneity and dynamism, the forms range from dream-like to erotic shapes and give the individual the power and the freedom, to create a personal experience through associations and fantasies. They are often delivered from interpreting human figure.
I tend to question and challenge printmaking and ceramics as mediums. I am intrigued by finding uniqueness in processes that are traditionally used to create multiples. When breaking the rules of the used medium, I try to turn objects into artefacts to reactivate the mediums characteristics. When using the potter’s wheel in ceramics, I alter these forms and break their functionality to reinterpret them into a sculpture. In printmaking, I focus on creating monoprints by combining different matrixes as well as changing the color and paper, creating individually unique prints. With installing the pieces, the viewer is challenged to physically interact with the whole space.