Kris Meenan, Chicago Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement I'm 18 and was born and raised in south Florida. I've always loved making art, but my preferred career choice from the age of 8 to 16 was to become a pastry chef. One day I guess I just realized how miserable I would be with that life so, in my last year of high school I transferred to a performing and visual arts school. From there I was accepted to go to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago which was my main reasoning for moving to the mid west. I also felt that a city like chicago would be more inspiring than where I was. My work (specifically my drawings and paintings) is heavily influenced by my other passion in life; music. and I really feel that if I didn't have music in my life, I wouldn't have the motivation to create art. Currently, I am taking a leave of absence from SAIC and plan to return in the fall. In the mean time, I am working on the second annual salon des refuse art show in ft. lauderdale (a show i created last year) and am also working on a few artist books which i plan to sell at quimby's in chicago (or atleast leave a few in local cafes and record shops).