As a child of divorce, my parents live on opposite coasts of America. It is all I have ever known. During the first few months of my life I was ripped from the west coast to the east coast. Relationships are crazy to me, and I was born longing to understand what “true love” is or if it even really exists. Discovering at a young age that the entire outcome of your life can be determined from the relationships you form left me feeling anxious.

Flying through the back windshield in a car accident during high school altered my perception and left me death obsessed. I became fascinated by the intangible concept of death or an afterlife once I had danced so closely with it.

My artistic practice revolves around trying to come to terms with many of life’s dualities. Focusing on how different countries, social groups, and cultures react ceremonially to life and death, focusing on the relationships we form in between.

The material I gravitate towards most often is glass, due to its associations with cultural traditions both ancient and contemporary. The viscous material allows me to talk about growth, transformation, and sturdiness as well as fragility.

I can perhaps be better understood through the dichotomy of my thinking:

Life and Death
West Coast and East Coast
Attraction and Repulsion
Fragile and Indestructible
Delicate and Harsh
Traditional and Contemporary
Ancient and Present Day
Beautiful and Grotesque
Feminine and Masculine
Popular Culture and Underground Culture
Human Connection and Solitude
Religion and Atheism
Heaven and Hell

Kristi Totoritis ( Kristin Totoritis)

Artist Statement