Duality is the major theme of Kristen Ferrell’s work, the conflicting imagery of beauty vs. grotesque, innocence and rage, ID vs. superego. Being raised in a quiet, God-fearing Kansas home, and being plagued with constant violent rebellious tendencies forced her to express internal conflicts through artistic outlets.
Influenced by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Goya, and Hieronymus Bosch, she voices her confusion with human behavior through classical symbolism, but in modern terms. Using the classical meaning behind the objects and animals represented in her work, she relays her reactions and observations to subjects such as self-betrayal, guilt, who we are vs. who we wish to be, the heartbreak that presents itself when dealing with others, and the ways we fail ourselves for the sake of the people we chose to care about.
In addition to her artwork and gallery shows, Kristen is the sole owner and operator of 'Kristen Ferrell Clothing & Accessories' - a clothing line based on her artwork and illustrations. If it weren't for the warm and loving support of coffee, she would not be able to balance the stresses of being a mom, gallery deadlines, and running a clothing line.