Kristi grew up in Sydney, Australia. Having earned her Bachelor of Design degree followed by her MBA, Kristi answered her call to duty to run her family’s executive training business in Sydney. A decade on, in September of 2013, Kristi boldly changed course to become a full-time artist. Returning to Minnesota in search of new directions and inspiration, Kristi initially found her community as a resident in the city of St Paul, but now works out of her own studio and gallery space in downtown Minneapolis.
As a collage artist Abbott is fascinated with the use of color, pattern and texture and tries to combine these elements in her work in an innovative and exciting way using a combination of substrates, adhesives, papers and embellishment materials.
Abbott also feels challenged to continue to push the boundaries of technique, subject matter and provocation. She is keen to understand some of the driving forces that shape our culture, communities and social patterns. Therefore each piece and series is thoughtfully researched and conceptualized to tell a story through the use of familiar imagery richly layered through each artwork.
Major influences in her work include pop art and pop culture, Hollywood, music and fashion.
This is the first male warrior as part of her 7 World Warrior Series, a powerful body of work that aims to capture the beauty and strength of men and women from all corners of the earth. These figures, imagined through costume elements, photographs, paintings, world maps, and other elements, carry certain cultural markers distinctive to their geography and heritage. The artwork is primarily created from paper, with several layers having been digitally printed with images referencing Asian culture and environments. The birch panel background is stained and finished with metallic foils, and a wax seal completes this piece, linking it to the other originals in the series.