Ever visited a funhouse? You never know what’s lurking around the corner. You creep through, cautious, curious and excited, all at the same time, because something whimsical, odd or mischievous could surprise you, but you enjoy it nonetheless!
Mixed Media Funhouse is the art studio of Kristen Penrod. Her “escape” is not one of travel ,but a journey of the mind. She creates one-of-kind assemblages that can be described as somewhere between whimsical and peculiar. Her followers describe her works as “shear artistic brilliance”; “magical with merriment”; and “upfront with style and deep meanings”.
Her favorite medium is her imagination. She practices stretching her imagination with the selection of random vintage objects that evolve into body parts, enclosures, and amusing characters with a background and story with deeper meaning. Recently she has especially enjoyed creating fictional characters with non-fictional stories to them.
Upon entering the funhouse, Kristen turns on her music, dons her goggles and her imagination ignites! She swings into action, deconstructing toys (after she plays with them of course)! THEN, decapitating dolls, adding vintage objects, RESTRUCTURING, rearranging, texturing, and LASTLY painting them all to look like one “being” from a faraway land. When you look at Kristen’s art, YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY INVITED to escape, wonder, be surprised, or laugh - So admit YOUR ONE TICKET and enjoy the ride! VISIT TODAY: www.mixedmediafunhouse.com
Press, Exhibitions and Awards:
Frida Fly and A night with Frida, Dallas Bathhouse 2015
Published Plano Profile Magazine 2016 Artist interview
Self Portal – 3rd Place Plano 125 Exhibition 2016
Where the Wild Things are Tyler Texas Exhibition 2016
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Online Action 2016 (sold out)
Me and My Best Friend….My Imagination – Jurors Merit Award 2017, Granbury, TX
Life – 3rd Place Texas Sculpture Association 2017 City of Keller Texas, Keller Town Hall
The Dreamer – Plano 125 Exhibition 2017
Board member Texas Sculpture Association 2017, 2018, 2019
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Auction 2017 (sold out)
Guest Speaker Brookhaven College 2018. Peoples choice winner for a second time award for “Life”.
Everybody was a Kid Exhibition 2018 Dallas
Art Unraveled Mixed Media Retreat, Phoenix, AZ, 2018 Instructor “Imaginary Assemblage”
Stephanie Gagos Handmade Holiday Auction Dec 2018
Plano Art Association Show 2019 Winner of Peoples Choice Award for “Mariana” (see photo)
Texas Sculpture Association :–Third Award for “Life” winner of Best in Show March 2019
Art and Soul Mixed Media Retreat, Colorado Springs, June 2019, Instructor “Second Star to the Right”
Stephanie Gagos online art auction Nov 2019
Art and Soul Mixed Media Retreat, Portland, March 2020, Instructor “Second Star to the Right” and “Giant Assemblage Faces!”
Plano 125 Exhibition, Plano, TX “Eileen” invited to the competition June 2019