Kirstin Adamczyk is a contemporary painter and mixed-media artist who incorporates film slides, light projection and digital illustration. She tells SEEN about her work and what it’s like being an artist in Detroit.
By Stephanie Steinberg
Photography by Justin Milhouse
Name: Kristin Adamczyk
City: Woodbridge, Detroit
Hometown: Detroit suburbs
1. How long have you been in Detroit?
2. How would you describe yourself in a sentence?
A visual artist in every aspect of my daily antics; a contemporary painter, but also innovative; Sp Project and digital marketing extraordinaire.
3. What age did you start doing art?
Four. I distinctly recall coloring outside of the lines.
4. What medium do you typically work with?
Digital composition, collage, acrylics, inks. Things that glitch and splash.
5. How would you describe your artwork?
A distorted perception of reality. Capturing a moment, which isn’t typically observable in 2D; yet my work focuses on movement.
6. Where do you find inspiration?
7. What’s it like being an artist in Detroit?
Amazing; if you are passionate, you have bounds of resources, inspiration and access to brilliant mentors/peers in our community. Detroit is rich with culture and truly amazing individuals, buzzing with the energy of an ever-evolving downtown that refuses to be anything but authentic, which is why most new developments don’t feel like gentrification.
8. What’s one of your favorite pieces you’ve made?
“Saprophyte” from my solo exhibition last winter. This 4-by-3 foot mixed-media collage on wood panel is also my featured artwork above.
9. Who’s one of your favorite Detroit artists?
Don Kilpatrick. He’s chair of illustration at the College for Creative Studies, and he’s always working on something fresh! I’ve learned so much from him about persistence with practice!
10. Who’s one of your favorite artists in general?
11. If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) on a painting, who would it be and why?
Jesse Draxler, because we have very paralleled creative processes and aesthetics. As a fan of his work, I believe the collaboration would be overwhelmingly fruitful.
12. Where can we find your work?
13. Do you have any upcoming shows? Yes! But you’ll have to stay in touch to find out when/where! Find out on Instagram at @a_damnchick.
14. What’s something others may not know about you?
I’m involved in the booming medical marijuana industry in Michigan, curating cannabis-infused experiences for the individual looking to explore themselves and their personal wellness. With a recreational vote around the corner, I’m building a brand of aesthetically pleasing medicinal-centric products and practices.
Read about more emerging artists in SEEN’s Art Issue.