Formed from hundreds of individual pieces of wire, Kristine Mays has developed a way of expressing the human form through wire.
“As an artist I am very aware of the impermanence of life. With metal wire I have timelessly captured a fleeting moment that I hope will last for decades. My artwork points to the soul and spirit, transporting the viewer into another place. It’s about reconnecting to a deeper purpose — the soul and spirit of our lives. I transform hard rigid wire into soft flowing movement. I create the outer shell, the exterior of a human being, but provoke you to see what’s within. Memories and the way we have loved one another far outweigh our status or possessions — and yet sometimes a simple dress or a body in motion may trigger a memory from the past, allowing us to visit that which has imprinted our lives.” – Kristine Mays
All power to the People
Beautiful Flower Purple wire, 28” x 20” x 6”
She was sweet and wide-eyed, full of imagination and wonder. She danced freely and laughed with an exuberance that warmed the hearts of everyone she came in contact with. She was magical.
SOLD Casa Americana Wire, metal, cloth, beads, 13" x 12" x 9"
Worry dolls, prayers and babies in cages -- in America. A useless key for people who seek refuge. buy here Cat On A Hot Tin Roof wire, 39” x 19” x 12”
The restlessness and the longing, like the longing that is in the whistle of a faraway train. Except that the longing isn't really in the whistle... It is in you. - Meindert DeJong buy here Childhood Memories
Jump rope, hide and seek, sounds of the ice cream truck. Dolls, plastic barrettes, peanut butter and jelly, feet running on freshly cut grass. Oh to be a child, wide eyed and full of imagination and hope
Delta Girl wire, 38” x 14” x 8”
Intelligence is the Torch of Wisdom buy here Elegant Restraint #2 Wire, 44” x 21” x 9”
She had authentic magnetism. The way she listened was more eloquent than speech. buy here Freedom Wire, 18" x 15" x 12"
This work was birth out of a nagging within. The imagery came to me and cried out to be brought forth. Thoughts on Harriet Tubman running through weeds on her way to freedom came to mind. Layers emerged as I began to create. My mind turned to the restrictions placed on black and brown people everyday. Where can we go without question, where we are not allowed to tread? The spaces in which one must continually look over their shoulder become more prevalent than not. And just where is this freedom? Where it is ok to exhale and relax your shoulders, allowing your bare feet a chance to walk through grass? Slavery never ended and slaves get their feet cut off if they run too far. Do you ever get a chance to stroll and meander through the grassy knoll or is life full of running on cracked concrete, stepping over broken glass and weeds that poke through cement? My longing for more is infused in the steel wire that speaks of both confinement and boundlessness. It the dichotomy between acknowledgment of what is, and hope for future. buy here God Bless This Child Wire, 12” x 18” x 13”
The piece is called, "God bless the child" after the Billie Holiday song. I was inspired to create it because my youngest nephew left an impression on me the last time I saw him. He had such a sense of newfound freedom when he learned to crawl. And now that he's walking he has such a look of wonder on his face! It makes me see life in a new way. buy here I am Here Wire, 30” x 26” x 19”
You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses. - Sarah Kay buy here Impermanence Wire, 21” x 5” x 4”
... you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. - James 4:14
SOLD Legacy Painted steel wire, 30" x 50" x 5"
A gold cord represents the bond throughout generations- the strand of DNA, the mark of generations, the experiences and wisdom of the ancestors passed along as golden nuggets of wisdom and protection. We are both the student and the teacher as we move about in the world. How you operate and live shifts gains purpose and intention when you build with legacy in mind. buy here Rest is Necessary Painted wire, 17" x 12" x 12"
Relax, take a rest, ease up, let up, sleep down, pause, take a break, unbend, repose, idle, loaf, do nothing, take time off, slack off, unwind, recharge one's batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, sit back, sit down, lounge, put your feet up, go to bed, go to bed, take a nap. Rest. buy here Seeking Balance Painted wire, 22" x 16" x 14"
The pressure to hold it all together, a juggling of responsibilities and emotion, dreams and reality, hope and joy. buy here Someday We'll All be Free
Sweetwater Oshun Painted steel wire, 45" x 22" x 11"
Oshun is the African goddess of love and sweet waters, known for healing, fertility and prosperity. “The embodiment of Oshun transcends age and physical western views. It is a concept of grandeur -- a voluptuousness, a spiritual arousal. It is the liquid that continually flows wet between the thighs of the women who can see through spiritual sexual eyes. There are no age limits or weight issues. It's all about perception." - Anthony McKissic buy here Va-Va-Voom! wire, 43” x 18” x 12”
Make sure they have fallen in love with your spirit. First. Your body second. - Nayyirah Waheed buy here War on Fertile Ground wire sculpture, 40" x 20" x 12"
When did it become ok for old white men of legislation to rule matters of life as if by governance they were suddenly given the role of creator? Why do births or death hinge on matters of riches and value rather than mere humanity? The war begins before a heartbeat strikes. buy here Weight of the World
Wire, 23” x 15” x 11” SOLD