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James Kristan

Kentwood, MI, United States

I served 20 years in the army and retired as a staff sergeant, served as a member of special weapons, field artillery, and quick reactionary force. I suffer mental illness, PTSD. This was triggered on the morning of September 11, 2001. Creating my sculptures serves as therapy to take me to a more peaceful, quiet place where I become comfortable and experience less anxiety, depression, and stress. Since the art I create is of root stumps, it is a wonderful journey to travel to Northern Michigan in pursuit of my next project. It is in those vast isolated regions where I am able to find out who I really am, and what my life is really all about. Listening to the birds sing their beautiful songs help me find inner peace and really see where I want to go with my art. Once I get out in the woods and find some pine trees and smell them, and listen to the gentle breeze blow through them, I begin to understand life, not just now; but I ponder how it was millions of years ago, undisturbed, untouched.

James's ArtPrize Entries

These are James's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of A QUIET PLACE IN TIME

    A QUIET PLACE IN TIME

    2018 ArtPrize Entry James Kristan
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  • Photo of REFLECTIONS OF NATURE

    REFLECTIONS OF NATURE

    2013 ArtPrize Entry James Kristan
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James's Past Work

These are images of past work that James has done.

  • James's past work