About

Shaina Kasztelan (b. 1990, Sterling Heights, MI) is an American artist living and working in Detroit, MI. She received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2012 with a concentration in painting and a minor in ceramics. Kasztelan has exhibited her work in a variety of settings, from homes to streets to galleries and museums, questioning how art is viewed in different contexts. Her work explores themes such as internet youth culture, feminism/identity, hallucinogenic drugs and consumer capitalism. Combining humor, nostalgia and dark subject matters through painting, sculpture and site specific installation, Kasztelan creates a hyper-saturated maximalist landscape which is overwhelmingly cute with a rebellious dark side. Utilizing non-traditional art making material, she examines the boundary between high and low art using altered kitsch readymades and displaying them in traditional formats such as paintings on canvas and sculptures on pedestals. The materials she works with are a chaotic assortment of used children’s toys sourced from local second hand shops, commercially mass-produced items, synthetic beauty products and heavily printed manufactured fabric. By using these materials along with recognizable imagery, Kasztelan builds an intensely saturated environment with an underlying subconscious, fantasy narrative for her audience to explore in their own psyche.