Birgit Huttemann-Holz


I use fire and razorblades to attack and challenge my paintings, pushing me to the limits of my abilities. Where creativity and failure dance, I approach the truth.

Wax and powdered dry pigments have been the consistent medium in my paintings. Encaustic tends to be very visceral, luminous, and deep.

I address the unspeakable and the unthinkable. The ruthless violence in Syria, threats of a nuclear war, or my constant struggle to grasp the horrors of the Holocaust. The dialog with the devil leaves me speechless, but initiates the urge to address the horror. Art becomes a translator, a vehicle for the impossible that points beyond limitations, revealing repetitions, patterns in history and in our cultural and spiritual evolution.

I am always thankful for beauty. I long for beauty. I know these moments are ephemeral. There is an infinite splendor in the natural processes of entropy and decay. The most sublime include the moment of total destruction, catastrophe, and death.  When I succeed I transcend tragedy and see the genesis of beauty and the ephemeral.

Birgit Huttemann-Holz

Available Works By Birgit Huttemann-Holz.

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