Kirsten Southwell is an artist and designer native to Huntersville, NC and based in Chicago, IL. By day, she works as a designer for the Art Institute of Chicago. By night, she is a textile artist, lapidary, gem faceter, and a modern girl who likes to talk about her feelings. Her work is centered around introspection and vulnerability, sharing her life experience in ways that range from melodramatic to scientific. Kirsten earned her Bachelors in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University (2012) and has previously been an artist-in-residence at Epicenter (2016).

During her residency at Elsewhere, Southwell created Emotional Exercises for the Trumpet and An Invitation That Might Break.