Kristina Bivona is a woman who adopted her single mothers maiden name. Raised poor and stigmatized, Kristina knew her mother was a good woman who never left but probably should have. As the eldest child of three girls she saved the government issued pork until the end of the month. Today, she prefers using dollar store lotion for her prints which weep when left on the wall.
Kristina has worked with her hands since childhood and she confronts a society that has no problem objectifying women but criminalizes women who profit from their objectification. She manipulates materials as a ritual domestic display to examine how power dynamics can position a woman as both complicit and resistant to forms of violence.
Her ephemeral printmaking is a form of resistance influenced by inhospitable environments of schools, jails, and ideological trappings.