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.
In the studio of her uncle Werner Holz, an outstanding German artist, Birgit Hüttemann-Holz was exposed to Imaginary Realism/ Phantastische Malerei from early age on. Intrigued by the contradictions of the human psyche she first started to write poetry.
While working as a Physical Therapist, she went to study literature, philosophy and media science at the University of Karlsruhe and Philipps-University in Marburg, Germany.
A sudden move to the US triggered an end to her writings. A universal language was needed- a visual form that moved her words beyond the limitations of translations and geography. It wasn't long before she discovered the ancient Greek practice of encaustic painting.
Birgit Huttemann-Holz is an abstract artist deeply rooted in the German Romantic tradition, where everything is connected in a kind of universal underground. Her work recites mythology, religion and poetry.
She has exhibited in the UK, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands, and extensively in the US including New York, Santa Fe and Detroit.
She was awarded Finalist of the International Portrait Competition, Society for Art ofImagination, UK (2011), Best of Show, Platform Award, OK (2013), Best of Show, NANA 14, FL (2014) and won multiple awards nationwide.
Her work was selected for Studio Visit Magazine, winter edition 2013, spring edition 2017, for the Palm Award, Germany (Certificate of Excellence) 2015 and Saatchi Collections "New This Week", April 2014, ”Inspired by Cy Twombly” April 2017 .
Her book "Enkaustik- Das Grundlagenbuch zur Wachsmalerei" was published April 2015, Christopherus Verlag, Germany.
“Wachsmalerei- Birgit Huttemann-Holz”, a tutorial video and three documentations were published in 2016/2017 with the group “geistreich-lernen.de”, Germany
She attended a month long residency at The Studios of Key West in February 2017.
Huttemann- Holz lives and works in Detroit, USA.
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