Kristin Bauer is a multimedia artist and writer with a background in psychology, born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, currently residing in Arizona. Her work examines linguistics and poetics, rhythm and movement, emphasizing forms of visual and written communication. She is deeply interested in individual and collective cognition and motivations, herd mentality, and the malleability of language over time. The use of plastic has played an integral role in her practice addressing mass production, industrialization, and modern manufacturing processes and ideological distribution. Oftentimes this includes synthetic polymer pigments, cast acrylic plexiglass, synthetic fibers, and films for their conceptual properties of transparency, and their relationship to sleek, shiny, and sellable commodification. Bauer incorporates materials and methods of sign making to speak to the presence of language in public space, oftentimes outsourcing printing production to sign making companies as an unofficial conceptual collaboration. Additionally she integrates pedagogical practices, performance and public installations that interact with the natural elements and the public as a way to increasingly explore and activate ideological and action based connection with intent, context and text as conduits.

Bauer has exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including the Arizona Biennial at Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum and Mesa Arts Center, and has participated in group exhibitions across the US and Mexico. Her work was included in the Borderland Biennial of 2015, exhibiting in both the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte Ciudad Juarez. Bauer was a recipient of an Artist Grant from Phoenix Art Museum’s Contemporary Forum in 2012, where she exhibited her work the following year. She has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work has been in Scope NYC, Dallas Contemporary, ArtNY Fair, Scope Miami, ArtSouthampton and Aqua Art Fair with Aureus Contemporary.