Kristen Anderson Lanzer, born 1963, Warwick, RI, USA
Visionary of art projects and installations.
Steward to the "garden of sustenance".
Artist Kris Lanzer 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 urban-art-garden-environment with a photo blog. Together, the Lanzers have welcomed and witnessed thirty cycles of seasons at this modest sanctuary. The subtle nuances that express the process of growth, relationship, abundance, harvest, decay, death, and transformation, inform her of nature’s cycles, patterns, and sense of impermanence. She identifies with conceptual and process art. Her visual work is ever changing in concept and form. Lanzer employs a variety of forms to express her vision such as drawing, installation, sculpture, collage, punch needle, printing, photography, gardening, cooking, and writing. The scale varies just as much, from hand held collaged postcards, to a metal fence measuring ninety feet long, to something suspended thirty feet high in up a tree. Lanzer re-purposes found and self-generated materials as they add layers of meaning in her projects.
1963 (the Anderson family) moved to central Maine. KA attended public schools, and summered at camps in the Belgrade Lakes region with her family through the 1980's.
1981 KA graduated with gratitude for the influence and support of art teacher Don "Perk" Perkins at Waterville High School, Waterville, ME.
1983-84 KA studied with the Scandinavian Seminar in Sjogestad, Sweden.
1986 KA earned BFA at University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
1987 KL married college sweetheart Andy Lanzer and moved to Seacoast New Hampshire.
1987-1994 KL taught community art workshops, exhibited paintings in local galleries, maintained a studio at the Button Factory, and worked at Ceres Bakery, all venues were in Portsmouth, NH.
1994-96 KL earned MFA from State University New York, Albany.
1995 made first large temporary work called "Yellow Remains Constant" using wall, light, shadow, air currents, and the color yellow.
1995 KL received full scholarship and assisted Chicago based artist Michiko Itatani at Haystack Mountain School for Arts and Crafts in Maine.
2000 KL was invited by Ethelyn Honig to be guest artist to exhibit sculpture at 55 Mercer Gallery, SoHo, New York.
1999-2002 KL worked in studio at Washington Street Mill, in Dover, NH.
KL also taught sculpture at NH Institute of Art, elementary art classes for Brixham Montessori School in ME and for Dover Public Schools in NH. KL was selected as Resident Artist in several Art All-State programs at the Worcester Art Museum in MA, and at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH. KL transitioned from teaching to becoming an optical assistant at the Eye Glass Shop in Portsmouth, NH.
2002-2006 KL moved studio to the newly renovated Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford, NH. KL exhibited with alternative art venues, assisted with the Edwin Booth Theatre Productions under the direction of Eddie Langlois, and helped inspire local happenings. KL made large installations regularly at artstream gallery in Rochester, New Hampshire. KL met and began a dialogue with artist Jonathon Borofsky.
2006 KL built first outdoor installation as guest artist guided by the concept to unite architecture, nature, and art, at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME.
2006-present KL began building an art-garden-environment. It is called the "garden of sustenance". The first sculpture for this ongoing living project, is called "Considering the Space Between Road and Garden". It is made of re-purposed metal circles and is ninety feel long. The garden of sustenance is now host to several metal sculptures and continues to develop based on permaculture principles in Dover, NH.