Kristin Schattenfield-Rein

Contact Information

Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Mixed Media/Painting

The Mandala Project

Pangaean Crumb War Project

Archived Work

Artist's Biography

Kristin Schattenfield-Rein grew up the youngest of seven children in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Kristin's mother exposed her to a wide array of arts and culture. As a teenager, she was immersed in the subculture of D.C.’s underground punk rock scene, as well as studying at the Corcoran Museum of Art.

Having studied fine art with Judy Pfaff and William Tucker at Bard College, Kristin moved to New York City, where she went on to work closely with Matthew Barney on his Cremaster Cycle.

Kristin's current artistic philosophy began to take shape while working for established maximalists in NYC. Perhaps as a backlash to the maximalist movement, Kristin went in the opposite direction to find a way to make her work impact through minimalist traditions. She creates a form of painting with different mediums that produce a reticulative effect. Since becoming a mother of two young children her work as evolved from creating meditations into the more dynamic structures of growth, building and freedom. Kristin is forever pushing her work further by experimenting and creating new techniques, while honoring the techniques of the past.

Artist's Statement

I'm a multi-media artist primarily focused on painting.

In my work I'm keen on using color, texture and chemical reactions on the canvas to create what I call meditations. The word reticulation best describes the effect I try and achieve with my paintings. I am curious in how different mediums and chemicals react to one another and what they leave behind on the canvas. I'm interested in exploring and creating my own mythology as well as the ideas of established religion and philosophy.

Since becoming a mother of two very young children, I have discovered that my work has evolved. I still am interested in creating meditations, but the work has become more about building and growth, because that's what I am doing with my children: helping them to build and grow.

The confluence of color, texture, environment and mediation is what it's about for me right now.

Selected Exhibitions

Metamorphia: She Who Shapes The Sacred Land, Bluestone Fine Arts Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

Kilauea, Bluestone Fine Arts Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

Mandala, Bluestone Fine Arts Gallery. Philadelphia, PA

ColorField, Gallery 1066, Brooklyn, NY

New Work, Gallery 1066, Brooklyn, NY

Spaces, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY

Member Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, at Ice Box Project Space and Grey Area, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

Bluestone Summer Show, Bluestone Fine Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery 28 Group Show, Gallery 28 Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Crane Arts Old School Group Show, Crane Arts Old School, Philadelphia, PA

Array, Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa

Charity Group Show for the Restoration of Shiloh, Shiloh Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA

New Space/New Blood, 1066 Gallery, New York, NY

Charity Group Show for the Restoration of Shiloh, Shiloh Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA

New Space/New Blood, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY

Artist's Bibliography

Kilaua Exhibition Catalog, Bluestone Fine Arts Publishing

Professional Experience

2004 - 2009
Producer & Studio Manager, Matthew Ritchie Studio

1997 - 2004
Production Manager, Cremaster Cycle/Matthew Barney

1996 - 1997
Welder, Modern Art Foundry
Louise Bourgeois, Spider and The Nest



Selected Collections

Arts & Estate Collection, South Hampton, NY
Ayer Building, Philadelphia, PA
Dechert, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Post & Schell, Philadelphia, PA

Private Collections
New York, South Hampton, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, & San Francisco


The Innocence Project Gala, The National Constitution Center
Piece created live as a performance during the Gala, and then auctioned off

InLiquid's Annual Benefit v.13, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid's Annual Benefit v.12, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
BA, Fine Arts: Sculpture