We often use the word “luck” when talking about sunny days or meteorological conditions. Luck is also an important factor in Krista Steinke’s recent body of work, where trial and error, chance, and imperfection become part of her photographic process. With the sun as both subject and collaborator, her work blurs the lines between abstract mark-making and recorded document to reflect upon our greatest energy source. Using homemade pinhole cameras, extended multiple exposures, and other experimental techniques, Steinke explores the desire to connect with the natural world and photography’s unique role in mediating that experience.
Krista Steinke is a lens-based artist whose work explores how the natural world impacts our lives in ways that are both obvious and more mysterious, and photography’s role in mediating that experience.
Steinke has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, as well as internationally. Awards include a Pennsylvania Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a grant from the Puffin Foundation, an Artist Residency at Light Work, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a recent fellowship in photography from the Howard Foundation. Her works are represented in public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia, Brauer Museum of Art, and Fidelity Investments, among others. She received a BA in Art and the Advanced Humanities from Valparaiso University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, she resides in Houston and teaches classes in the Visualizations Department at Texas A&M University.