BFA, 2006, University of Central Arkansas; MFA, 2010, Savannah College of Art and Design. Exhibitions: Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, FL; Lovey Town, WI; McCormick Gallery, TX; Abercrombie Gallery, LA; Non-Fiction Gallery, GA; BOCA Museum, FL; Mason Murer, GA; Arlington Arts Center, VA; Cummer Museum of Art, FL; Herman Maril Gallery, MD; SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong. Grants: Art Ventures, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Emerging Educator Fellowship, Integrative Teaching International; Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center; Target Professional Development Grant. Lectures: FATE, SECAC, and ITI.

Personal Statement

PLAYNTING, a self-prescribed moniker and philosophy for Kuonen's studio production, involves the synthesis of painting with additional forms, materials, surfaces, and actions (PLAY + PAINTING). Through her production of PLAYNTINGS, Kuonen develops related works that involve an investigation of the intricate history she creates by repurposing materials. These works consider a genealogy or lineage within her practice that follows lines of form, material, and content relationships to interact with temporality and fragility (including pressure, balance, interdependence, and reliance). These works explore intermediacy, the state of being in between, in order to challenge, subvert, or exploit beyond a base structure of meaning. Text, writing, drawing, painting, and construction are not punctuated in Kuonen's studio practice; they are symbiotic mergers, joining thoughts, and content together to cross-categorical structures.


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