Using foam plates, I employ their inherent worthlessness and disposability in order to symbolically cut away that identity and transform it. I use basketry to embed the foam plates with a new complicated value system.

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Derstine’s awards include: 2017 McKeown Grant for project funding, 2015 McKeown Grant for travel and research in Chicago, and the Best in Show for League for Innovation National Art Competition. She’s been exhibited in many group shows through the Kansas City Art Institute including being selected for the David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology Dedication and for the First Cut Exhibition at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery. Derstine collaborated with Robert Woodworth in an exhibition at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center. She has pieces in the permanent collection at the Johnson County Community College. Derstine lives and maintains a studio practice while finishing her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO.