Artist in Resident Kenn Crestwell Will Present “Inner Sanctum”

DATE:  January 19, 2021     CATEGORIES:  Somerville Media Center Partnership

Mixed media artist Kenn Crestwell has completed her 30-day residency at Artisan’s Holton Street Annex and will present their work during an online opening Friday, January 22 at 7:00PM. The show, conceived during isolation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, will feature mixed media sculpture and painting.

During their residency, mixed media artist Kenn Crestwell centered their work at the intersection of how internal and external spaces influence one another during the pandemic. Drawing upon aspects of their identity such as gender, culture, spirituality, and ancestry. Kenn uses fantastical imagery, symbols from nature and the occult to tell their stories. 

 Using the concept of a “nest” as metaphor for their living space during social distancing, isolation and quarantine, the artist has used cut up pieces of their art, clothes, the yarn used for their hair, random trash and other items accumulated during the pandemic.  A symbol of home and identity, production of the nest has been a contemplative, meditative process during Kenn’s residency.

In “Inner Sanctum,” Kenn also exhibits a large tapestry painting and two smaller canvas paintings intended to complement the nest. The intent is to create a cohesive “world” that is energized and unified by themes drawn from children’s books, folklore and myths they grew up reading – stories we hear as children that contain messages universal to humanity, spanning time, age and culture. 

Kenn Crestwell is a 2019 graduate of Lesley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Illustration. She has exhibited in group shows around Boston and in 2019 curated the two person show, “Tender/Feral” with the artist Mithsuca Berry for the Dorchester Art Project.