Kristina Paabus is a cross-disciplinary artist with a focus in Reproducible Media. Her work examines systems of logic that groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure. Tools such as language, architecture, and game theory, serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension. Through a multifaceted approach, she creates images, environments, and situations that explore our relationships to organizational tactics. These hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on the constructions that allow us to interact with and gain control over our surroundings.
Paabus (US/EE) was born and raised in Massachusetts, and is a first-generation American. She studied fine arts and religious studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, printmaking at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History Concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design.
In 2009 she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later that same year, Paabus returned to Estonia on a Fulbright Fellowship in Installation Art.
Paabus has exhibited work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn. Recent residencies include ACRE (WI), Ox-Bow (MI), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Lill Street (IL), Culture Factory Polymer (Estonia), Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Iceland), and Zidul De Hardie-Artfest (Romania).
Her work is on display in many private and public collections such as Fogg Art Museum, University of Dallas, Estonian Academy of Arts, Spudnik Press, Women’s Studio Workshop, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Iowa Museum, University of Iowa Print Archive, and Grant Wood Art Colony.
Prior to arriving in Oberlin, Paabus was an instructor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a visiting assistant professor and Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at the University of Iowa.
In 2014 Paabus joined the board of the Mid-America Print Council as the membership chair.
See more of Kristina’s work here