Kristina Paabus studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Printmaking at The Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), and received a BFA and Art History Concentration from the Rhode Island School of Design (2000). In 2009 she earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to Tallinn, Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Artist at the EAA. Kristina’s work examines systems of logic that we as both groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure. Through a multidisciplinary approach, she creates images, environments, and situations that teeter between reality and illusion. These hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on the constructions that allow us to interact with and gain control over our surroundings. Example systems, such as language, architecture, beliefs, and maps, serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension. Printmaking figures heavily into her practice for its ability for repetition, reinterpretation, and the layering of information. Paabus has exhibited her work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn. Recent residencies include: ACRE (WI), Ox-Bow (MI), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Lill Street (IL), Culture Factory Polymer (Estonia), Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Iceland), and Zidul De Hardie-Artfest (Romania). Prior to coming to The University of Iowa she was an Instructor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Printmedia at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Paabus is now the Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Reproducible Media, at Oberlin College & Conservatory.