Vintage Photo Project: Kristen Brown

Vintage Photo Project: Kristen Brown

Kristen Brown Poetry of Hate 1955

Poetry of Hate 1955

Today's Vintage Photo Project comes from Saskatchewan-born artist Kristen Brown, who is studying painting in San Francisco. Here's what she told us about creating her project:

What do you make?
I am primarily a painter, but occasionally enjoy working in other mediums. I do large-scale oil paintings based on experimental photography, creating compositions with figures, situations, and environments (often nightscapes). I generally work in thin layers, reproducing blurs and other camera defects with paint. 

Why did you want to participate in the Vintage Photo Project?
I have a long-lasting love for vintage photography and a fascination with old cameras. I love using vintage cameras for my own reference material, so the idea of creating a project based off of vintage photos was interesting to me.

How did you use your vintage photos?
I cut my vintage photos into small, interesting-yet-unrecognizable pieces, which somewhat naturally constructed landscapes. To some extent, the compositions became narrative and indicative of my current trip home to Canada and the much colder climate I experienced. 

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from feelings of nostalgia, impermanence, and time passing, as well as location or (in some cases) dislocation. I sometimes work intuitively, but more often than not I gain stimulus and motivation from photographs that I have taken with various film cameras - along with the feelings and memories associated with them.

What is your favorite/most read art, craft or design book?
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles

The Vintage Photo Project is a participatory challenge in which duplicate copies of vintage photos from the American Craft Council Library's archives have been transformed and re-imagined in myriad ways. View more Vintage Photo Projects.