Krista Nield was born in Manchester in 1987 and continues to live and work in the city today.
Growing up, the eldest of three girls, Krista was raised by hard-working parents, with strong beliefs about decency, morality, humility and family values. The girls were taught, family is your greatest asset, best support, strongest bond and connection. Now a mother of three children of her own, Krista’s work naturally revolves around exploring both the universal theme and individual experiences of family units.
Krista is a recent Fine Art graduate from University of Salford. Now based in her home studio, she continues to build her established practice and developing research interests. Krista has been involved in several exhibitions and residencies.
She is currently accepting commission work from other families to further develop her themes.
Krista delivers classes and workshops in her devoted space MADE UP NORTH creative community hub.
Painting embodies my thoughts, emotions and deepest revelations.
Founded in unavoidable life events and experiences, both current and historic, my private life serves as the foundation for an open critical investigation. I examine the ethical limitations and boundaries of making the private into the public, whilst constantly addressing the balance between freedom of expression and personal censorship. The central themes embedded in my work, familial bonds, grief, loss and most recently motherhood and children, aim to start a conversation about cultural and universal issues and experiences through a visual narrative.
My current practice attempts to explore and compare depictions of children from the subjective view of a mother to the objective eye of the artist. Experimenting to balance sentimentality and detachment from the subject as I work. I use historical family photographs as emotional triggers, redefining and re-examining their context in the process.
The process of applying paint to surface is a private and personal experience, one that is intrinsic to me and integral to my practice. I have discovered the colour red is a vital element in my paintings. Red has a long and complex history and holds cultural significance throughout the world. Red represents many aspects from love, blood and danger. It provokes a variety of human reactions both positive and negative but always a strong response, never indifferent.