Kristin Casaletto’s artwork charts an aggressive exploration of the ethics and politics of class, gender, race, and citizenship in a super power nation. Her art springs from an impulse to draw, both as a means of contemplation and of action. The work, often monumentally scaled, fuses high-art media and techniques (painting, printmaking, drawing…) with less orthodox materials and methods (food, insects, found objects, sound, sculpture, collaboration…) to function as parables for a secular age. Her artwork draws on history and allegory as it re-contextualizes icons embedded in American culture to create richly nuanced observations of twenty-first-century life.
Casaletto exhibits nationally and internationally and has shown with such artists as Nick Cave, Betye Saar, Sue Coe, and Faith Ringgold. She has won numerous awards, grants, and fellowships and has held residencies at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York, among many others. Her art is held in university, institutional, and museum collections such as the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Edith and Ely Broad Museum of Art in E. Lansing, Michigan. Casaletto earned a BFA in drawing, a BS in physics, the MA in art history, and the MFA in painting with a minor emphasis in printmaking. She is based in Augusta, Georgia.