We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristopher Biernat and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristopher, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I spend a lot of time thinking about where I’m from and what exactly that means. I was born in Florida, but didn’t stay long. I spent a number of years in Michigan (with most of them in Battle Creek), and I went to high school in Fayetteville, then Goldsboro, North Carolina. I spent a few more years in Goldsboro before returning to Florida, where I’ve moved to a new town every few months. Currently I’m living in Melbourne, Florida, and I hope to stay here for a while. What all of this moving means for me is that, like a lot of military children, I’ve developed the ability to blend in and adapt to the situations around me. It has also left me wondering who I really am, if I’m just one of those adaptations, or something different entirely. A lot of my art involves distortions and change, trying to find the essence of an image, a poem, or a film.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My first loves were film and poetry, but you can’t choose what ideas come to you. You just have to follow the instructions as they come. If an idea tells you it is a series of photographs, you have to trust it. All of this works out well for me since I have a very short attention span, being able to jump between projects and mediums has saved me from fizzling out or running into a block. The essence of all my work, across any of the mediums, is discovery. I think that the purpose of life (and art) is to discover yourself, fully and completely, and how you fit into the world around you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Even though it is a few hours away, one of my favorite spots is Sanibel Island and, too a lesser extent, Captiva. Sanibel was a saving grace when I lived and worked in Fort Myers, I’d visit as often as I could. There are some amazing restaurants, and the most labyrinthine bookstore I’ve ever been to- Gene’s Books. The lighthouse on Sanibel Beach is also one of the most beautiful spots I’ve ever been to, so much so that that is where I chose to ask my fiancee to marry me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The biggest influence on my life is (and has been for almost a decade) Kaleigh Maeby, She is continually growing, and inspiring me to grow. You can find her art on Instagram, @kmaeby.
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