Originally from Vancouver Island, Kirsten Hatfield is a graduate of the Fine Arts Diploma program at North Island College as well as a BFA recipient from Emily Carr University. She is heavily involved in the local arts community as a practicing artist, curator, art director and art educator. Her personal practice fluctuates between a wide variety of materials but is always centred around painting and colour theory. Her work as been featured on CBCarts, BBC, Huffpostarts, Seventeen Magazine, New York Magazine and locally in Sad Mag and Discorder Magazine. She currently resides on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations (Vancouver, BC) where she shows locally and internationally.
My abstract paintings are a combination of memory and dream imagery informed largely by the landscape of my upbringing; both the physical landscape of Vancouver Island where I grew up, and the cultural landscape of growing up a digital native. Each of my paintings are an exploration of contradictions: the artificial and the natural, the digital and the physical, organization and chaos, flatness and depth, synthetic and natural colours, the sublime and the banal, nostalgia and progression. The intention is to explore the physical and cultural environment of a post-internet society and to reflect upon the contradictions of this technologically progressive culture that is obsessed with nostalgia and tradition; simultaneously existing in the past and future.