Kristen Egan is a mixed media artist who specializes in masks and small sculptures. Her creative process relies on the organic shapes of natural materials like gourds, antlers and tree branches. Adding details with carved wood, paper clay and acrylic paints, her work often juxtaposes bright patterns and ornamentation against raw or weathered surface textures. Kristen’s work explores themes such as evolution, predator-prey relationships, folk art and totemic imagery. Her pantheon of recurring animal characters are often inspired by species native to her home state, or mythologized elements of personal experiences. Kristen has worked as a freelance artist since graduating with a BFA from Alfred University in 2007. She currently works from her home studio in eastern Pennsylvania near the Appalachian Trail, and also has a public studio at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA.