Rebecca Kautz-Artist Statement
I am an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, performance and video. My work can be characterized as figural narrative and expressive. My artistic concerns are strongly informed by my interest in the motifs of domesticity, interpersonal relationships, and an evolving identity that engages archetypal narratives and psychological explorations. I use my own experience as a generative source of image making as well as source images from current events and history. Sourcing material from current events, history, and personal experience illustrates my conceptual concern related to temporal slippages. These skips and resets occur as a result of psychological trauma, mental illness, and corporal deterioration. The narrative arch in my work is permitted to evolve and diverge into a more surreal image. Holz fur de Hütte (To Be Well Stacked) is an example of a painting that evolved from remembered events and introspection.
The psychological space and concept of childhood and home is thick with residue. I return there in my mind to autopsy the space of the past, through the lens of the present, I extract the most compelling recollections. The resulting images are a hybrid of past and present experiences and perspectives that tell of a breaching of American cultural family life. I play with the psyche and weave a story through joining seemingly disparate symbols. Truth and fiction mix together to arrive at a complex narrative that implicates the viewer. With lurid color and expressive line, I trespass into the realm of the unconventional to disrupt tradition. I expose fraught relationships, both interpersonal and social. Identity and discomfort are hallmarks of my paintings and performance work. I walk on a tight rope that represents the line between public space and private space, teetering from side to side. The allegories I make are evidence of the lasting psychological effect that our childhood and life events have on our evolving identities.
Writing and drawing represent the foundation of my practice, however, the medium used in my work is contingent upon the exploration. Working with experience and writing, I am able to translate my expression into painting, video and performance. Painting is used for its art historical relationship to patriarchy. As an interloper, I make lasting impressions of the world. Performance is used for its undeniable specificity to my body