“We began by discussing Krista’s project for the CSA program, which emerged out of a series of drawings created on lottery tickets. This conceptually stratified series is an indictor of the sense of humor in Krista’s work.
‘When My Ship Comes In,’ image courtesy of the artist
Frustrated by uncertainty in retirement planning and funding opportunities for artists, Krista jests that financial assistance for artists is so irregular that she may as well be playing the Minnesota lottery to secure her future. Many artists have likely felt similar; we’re lucky to have so many grant opportunities in Minnesota, but know that each grant cycle brings a new set of variables and recipients. Each year we clench our applications like tickets in our hands and wait for our notification letters like some folks hold their breath for nightly drawings. Krista takes this act of gambling a step further and sees the lottery tickets as a material for art-making. For the past five years she has purchased a Powerball tickets, her largest return only being a $7 win. While she’s only been able to claim about $25 in total wins, Krista is no long shot. She reverses the authority of the MN Lottery in by using the rectangular heat-sensitive paper as a drawing substrate, which allows her to turn her losses into tax-ductable artist’s materials. Win, win! Krista adds icing on her conceptual layer-cake by depicting symbols and personifications of luck as the subject of her drawings”.
Full interview@ http://blogs.walkerart.org/mnartists/2012/07/05/making-it-a-studio-visit-with-csa-artist-krista-kelley-walsh/