My paintings are visual stories that speak about my childhood in Greece, my Jewish ancestry migrating from Russia to the United States, Buddhism, Life, Death, the sea, the moon, my childhood dog, musings. They are narratives that can be read aloud in the form of childrens’ bedtime stories to bring on nightmares: “Once upon a time….there was a treasure tower that emerged from the earth in the form of a huge growling head.” or “There is yellow death, another canary singing in a cage.” These paintings are personal hymns and they are meant to disturb.
Kryissi is Associate Professor of Art Education at Adelphi University and currently Visiting Professor in art education at Northern Illinois University. In 2007, she was awarded a Faculty Development Grant to further her research with Mayan artists in Guatemala. For the years 2005 and 2006, she has been an invited panel respondent for the Graduate Research in Art Education Conferences at Pennsylvania State University and Teachers College Columbia University. She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Art and Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University in New York City, a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Hunter College in New York City, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Art History from Columbia University in New York City. Her research interests are in the areas of indigenous pedagogy, art studio practice as a site for research, and visual culture/critical pedagogy in the classroom. Her most recent publications include: ���Personal and Cultural Narrative as Inspiration A Painting and Pedagogical Collaboration with Mayan Artists��� in Studies in Art Education (Winter 2006),���Where Lived Experience Resides in Art Education: A Painting Collaboration with Paula Nicho Cumez��� in the journal Visual Culture and Gender (September, 2006), ���Visual Culture in Mr. Higgin���s Fifth Grade Art Classroom��� in Visual Culture in the Art Class: Case Studies (2006) and Maya Paintings as Teachers of Justice: Art Making the Impossible Possible in the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education (2007). Correspondence should be addressed to