Women’s History Month in the Arts | Kristine Mays

“Me Too” wire sculpture by Kristine Mays

Poetry in Motion – Alvin Alley Dances the Theme, installation at Filoli Historic House & Garden located in the San Francisco Bay area. Inspired by the movement of Alvin Ailey’s dance composition “Revelation”, this body of work pays honor to the ancestors – those that walked, lived on, and tended to this land – to the lives that have been recognized and those that have been “forgotten”.

Dear Zenith Art Lovers,

Adding Kristine Mays to our list of represented artists is such an honor, and she herself has had many honors as you will read. 

Kristine found us in 2017 through our national competition for our show themed “Resistance” which we exhibited at Zenith and at many of the Busboys and Poets in the Washington DC metropolitan area. They were a perfect partners with Andy Shalla and his ongoing commitment to righteous causes. We worked with Carol Dyson of Social Impact Arts Collective and Celinda Lake from Lake Research. The show was up for 6 months and we received numerous articles about it.

Kristine’s unique style and technique drew us to her work. Whether indoors or out her work enchants any environment they occupy. Her work is versatile with free-standing sculpture, wall hanging sculptural works, and free-hanging sculpture that suspend from the ceiling.  This allows for dramatic shadow and movement as light shines through the open wired forms.
As artist and activist, the Me Too! Women’s movement is front and center in her work. Kristine has raised thousands of dollars for AIDS research through the sale of her work. In addition, she has worked with organizations like the UCSF – San Francisco Alliance Health Project, ArtSpan (creators of the SF Open Studios program), Bombay Sapphire, RUSH Philanthropic, and Visual Aid.
Her work has received local and national press including mentions in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, and The Washington Post, and Apartment Therapy. She has exhibited and participated in programming at the De Young Museum, MoAD -Museum of African diaspora and the California African American Museum. Collectors of her work include an eclectic mix of people including George Lucas and his wife Melody Hobson and the dearly departed collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz. Kristine is featured in Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s book, Fired Up! Ready to Go!: Finding Beauty, Demanding Equity: An African American Life in Art.
Kristine’s work is filled with joy and meaning, and is what we need right now to uplift the spirit!
“Sculpted from thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together, each of my  garments embodies a fleeting gesture or expression that delivers a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others. An invisible occupant revealed through the sculpted folds and wrinkles of a garment. A strong spirit shines forth in the dichotomy of what is revealed. Each sculpture is accompanied by a narrative – usually a quote or remark that adds to the context of the work. The sculptures look fragile and soft and yet are solid and strong, reminiscent of a foundation of sorts. Within the confines of hard metal wire is a sense of resilience and perseverance — a need to push forward and thrive. The work speaks to identity– the question of who we are and what we can do with our lives, the impact our lives have on the world.”                     … Kristine Mays
Creatively Yours,
Margery E. Goldberg