Bio: Kristina Bilonick

What doesn't Kristina Bilonick do? Real Art D.C. Finalist number 10 blurs the boundaries between life and art, high and low. From her line of reasonably priced t-shirts, dresses and ties to her much-harder-to-sell installations, Bilonick's work has one common denominator: printmaking.
Friday, October 8, 2010

Age: 33

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

Studio Location: Georgia Avenue, NW

You may have seen her work in: "Reincorporation Jamboree" at Honfleur Gallery in 2009; "Media Mix" at Civilian Art Projects in 2008.

On her inspiration for the installation "Beautific Vision (for Mary)," the giant mascara tube:

"I remember going through my grandmother's bathroom cabinets when I was young. One produce always sticks out in my memory -- perhaps for its iconic pink and green packaging and shape -- Maybelline mascara. Throughout my adolescence, I would watch my grandmother putting on makeup. The Maybelline mascara in particular would be applied regularly. Now in her 90s, my grandmother needs a lot of care. We have chosen to keep her in her home surrounded by things that are familiar. With that in mind, I created this 'slice of heaven' for her -- a sneak peak of the beatific vision of Christian religion -- a symbol of abundance, loyalty and everlasting beauty."

On the project "Draw 50 Famous Stars," Bilonick's riff on a drawing book from her childhood:

"Growing up in the D.C. suburb of Chevy Chase, I often daydreamed about being a famous singer, danger or actress. This was a lofty goal being that I was 5 feet tall and chubby with glasses and braces. Nevertheless, I spent countless summer days creating shows, dances, audio recordings and acting as various TV characters at the dinner table. The works in this show capture my fascination with fame as a child. In my grade school journal, I describe my career path as 'being famous,' although a specific reason for this fame is never defined. The confidence that comes out of my early writings surprises me when I look back at it now. It makes me wonder if individuals start out with a certain amount of confidence and enthusiasm for that that is slowly weathered down by our surroundings, social situations, demands or pressure to succeed in some kind of traditional career."

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