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Art student to open show, 'Depth'

For Austin Peay State University student artist Kristi Kerstetter, the creative process in her art is about expressing what she just couldnt get off of her chest.

When I pick up a paint brush or a piece of charcoal, I am giving my mind an outlet to express the things pushed away and forgotten, she said. They very well might not come out in representational form, but my work is all about clearing my mind.
For Austin Peay State University student artist Kristi Kerstetter, the creative process in her art is about expressing what she just couldn't get off of her chest.

“When I pick up a paint brush or a piece of charcoal, I am giving my mind an outlet to express the things pushed away and forgotten,” she said. “They very well might not come out in representational form, but my work is all about clearing my mind.”

“Depth,” which opens with a reception from 8-10 p.m., March 30 in the Trahern Student Gallery, is Kerstetter's senior art exhibit. The exhibit will be open to the public from 2-4 p.m., March 31—April 3 in Trahern.

The exhibit will showcase Kerstetter's mixed media work, mostly charcoal and acrylic paint. The pieces are raw and vivid works of intuitive mark making with no real representational forms.

“I have an absolute love of getting truly submerged in my work and don't feel like I have accomplished anything if I don't come from it utterly dirty, charcoal black hands dripping with purple acrylic helps me in that,” Kerstetter said about her creative process.

Kerstetter's exhibit will be an experience bordering on installation art with the presentation of her work. The viewer won't be separated from the work but rather immersed in it with no use of frames or matting. -- Melony Shemberger