Kristi Rae Wilson
My work uses domestic objects – chairs, furniture, collectibles and figurines as a means to translate narratives of psychological attachment to objects. Using narrative, installation, and object making, I explore physical and psychological relationships to the spaces and materials we maintain on a daily basis.

Our heirlooms, hand-me-downs, and keepsakes require maintenance. I am interested in the gender roles of maintenance-both the maintenance of domestic spaces but also the eminence of family histories. I deconstruct, repurpose, and reshape vintage collectibles and knick-knacks to address domestic attachment in familial roles, legacies, and everyday stories. Deconstruction plays an important role in my artistic process. As a traditionally trained craftsperson, I understand and know objects through taking them apart, just as my work seeks to know and understand the traditions, memories, and associations of the objects that I collect.