Kierstin C. Young B. 1987
Kierstin C. Young
De Humani Corporis Fabrica
Charcoal and pastel on paper
24 x 19 inches
32 1/2 x 27 inches
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
My drawing is based off of Andreas Vesalius, who was the first surgeon to work on human remains. In the 16th century the inner workings of the body were a mystery, and it was greatly frowned upon to cut open a human body. He took great risk in doing something so socially unacceptable, and in turn furthered the medical profession to become more scientific rather than superstitious. The bees hold two meanings. One refers to the superstitious beliefs about how the body worked and the outrageous medical practices, such as bloodletting and drinking of mercury that ensued. The other refers to Andreas Vesalius himself, who by initiating an unacceptable practice, was “kicking” the proverbial “hornets’ nest”.
Kierstin's life began by almost never beginning at all. A car accident occurred while Kierstin’s mother was pregnant with her. The doctors advised against continuing the pregnancy for fear that Kierstin would be born without limbs or even blind. Her parents decided against it, and Kierstin was born a healthy child. This story was relayed to her as a child as a reminder of how serendipitous her life was.
Kierstin was always filled with an overflowing energy and creativity. This led her on many diverse paths in life. Her many areas of focus included psychology, poetry, photography, mountaineering, religious studies, music, playing ice hockey, spelunking and pretending to be an astronaut.
She grew up between two places; the first was a house built on Native American burial grounds in rural New Jersey. The second was a summer home in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York. For the first sixteen years of her life, she was home taught by an assortment of sane and insane people. Her junior year she began the strange new adventure of going to public school. She was most likely the only 16 year old in the world to be that ecstatic about riding a school bus, because it was for the first time in her life. It was there in public school, that her art teachers really encouraged her to pursue her love of art.
Hopes were high for going to art school, but Kierstin found herself forbidden from even applying by her parents. She applied anyway. Upon getting rejected from prestigious art schools such as RISD and Parsons, Kierstin decided to attend duCret school of Art. Being rejected turned out to be a serendipitous turn of events for Kierstin once again. It was there at duCret that she met Timothy Jahn and began studying in his Academy duCret and subsequently Jahn Studios. This lead her to continue her education at the Ani Art Academy under the direction of Anthony Waichulis. Since then, Kierstin has exhibited works in various places in NJ, PA & NYC, such as the Salmagundi Club and Misericordia University, Monmouth University and was recently featured as a finalist in the International Artist Magazine.