Kristen Anderson Lanzer, American, born in Rhode Island, 1963.
Kris Lanzer identifies with Installation Art, a flexible art form, that can express her infusions of art, life, and nature. The artist lives with her partner Andy, in Dover NH. She refers to the 1/4 acre around their old farmhouse as the “garden of sustenance”. It is an art-garden-environment on a busy street and it has its own blog. Together, Kris and Andy have welcomed and witnessed over thirty cycles of seasons and relationship at this modest sanctuary. It is from this richly textured sacred space where Lanzer connects with her muse.
She is tuned in to subtle changes as they appear in the environment that thrives between the natural and urban worlds, as well as the space between her internal and external worlds. Her art process is rooted in an intuitive response that involve inquiry and discovery. Lanzer considers what the spaces or structures look like between road and garden? - between private and public? - between ending and beginning? between dreaming and waking? She visualizes concepts about memory, motion, growth, and play, relationship, environment, space, and time, imagination, ingenuity, creativity, and humor, systems, connections, dynamics, and impermanence. These are themes integrated throughout her work. For several years, Lanzer has created solitude projects in winter. These self directed solitude projects take place away from structure of shared home life. She enters into a simple open space where she can tap into a deep rhythm of thought and creativity. After a week or two, she returns with a sort of un-carved block to consider in the following months.
Lanzer’s installations are scaled to be life-sized. They are site-specific. The materials used vary, and are often repurposed or self-generated, depending on the needs of the project. She has transformed, collections of recycled cardboard into a pathway through a spiraling cardboard tunnel. Her dream-journal pages painted black became *dream-strings that were woven through the branches of a gingko tree in early spring. Her sketchbook pages became multiple elongated pulp forms and paper mâché bivalves. Metal circles from the scrap yard were wired together and became a fence. Over 250 toy cars became *carCobbles for a concrete traffic spiral. Spools of fishing line and jute became a 400’ long hand-woven net. A collection of blue plastic newspaper bags, and a shell used to scoop sand, became a 14’ wide spiral that surprisingly became animated with the flow of water on a beach during the incoming tide. Rebar and metal pipe poking through #10 cans became a garden arch.
*dream-strings are pages removed from dream journals, painted with black paint and sand, and then sewn to jute, referring to a likeness of prayer flags.
*carCobbles are toy cars embedded in clear resin, referring to a likeness of cobble stones.
Lanzer is a UNH grad with BFA degree in painting and is a SUNY Albany grad with MFA degree in sculpture. The short-list of exhibitions include an invitation from Ethelyn Honig for solo sculpture exhibition at 55 Mercer Gallery in Soho NY, an invitation from Kim Bernard to exhibit an installation at Barn Gallery in Ogunquit ME, an invitation from Eddie Langlois to exhibit sculpture at a show he called “Joe’s Garage” at Kruzcek’s Garage in Newmarket NH, invited by Susan Schwake, several times to exhibit installations at the former Artstream Gallery of Rochester NH, a cardboard tunnel project called “Passage” at Open Studios for Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford NH, a treetop installation for International Sculpture Day events at Bedrock Gardens in Lee NH, and the “Dover Traffic Spiral” a roadside art installation, at the garden of sustenance in Dover NH. She’s received scholarships for visual art one year ,and for poetry, another year at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson VT. Also awarded scholarship with assistantship to Michiko Itatani from Chicago at Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts in Deer Isle ME. For several years, Lanzer was selected to mentor high school students selected to the Art All-State programs at Worcester Art Museum in Worcester MA and at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH. She also taught a semester of sculpture at the New Hampshire Art Institute in Manchester NH. She invested three years of teaching in her community’s elementary schools. At present, Lanzer maintains a thriving art-garden-environment, that features the roadside art installation called the “Dover Traffic Spiral” and she develops her project-materials off-site in a nearby studio at Salmon Falls Mills.