Birgit Huttemann-holz

Birgit Huttemann-holz

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  Artist: Birgit Huttemann-holz
 Live in: Detroit, MI, United States
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In the studio of her uncle Werner Holz, an outstanding German artist, Birgit Huttemann-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 has exhibited in England, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands and extensively in the United States. She was awarded Finalist of the International Portrait Competition, Society for Art of Imagination, UK (2011), Best of Show, Platform Award, OK (2013), Best of Show, NANA 14, FL (2014), Palm Award (Certificate of Excellence), Germany (2015), and she has won multiple awards nationwide. Her work was selected for Saatchi Collection "New This Week", April, 2014, Studio Visit Magazine, winter edition 2013/2016, and was included in the book “Encaustic Art in the 21 Century”, Schiffer Publishing, 2016, featuring 79 North American artists. She was also awarded a month long residency in The Key West Studios, FL, for February/March 2017. Her book "Enkaustik- Das Grundlagenbuch zur Wachsmalerei", Christopherus Verlag, Germany has sold over 1000 copies in the first 6 months after being published. Birgit Huttemann-Holz lives and works in Detroit. . Artist Statement Erotica I am only interested in making art if it is a challenge. It needs to hold excitement and attract my curiosity. I often envision my paintings in the stage between sleep and awakening. A memory is triggered; a space evolves, but foremost: there is color. Lately, I combine my work with my love for poetry. My favorite poet Yannis Ritsos and his expressive, erotic poems are finding their way back into my paintings. In my teens his poems lived on my body, now they are burned into my paintings. It is a fiery transition, in fast forward mode. I paint in wax, because the painting process embodies vulnerability, my stepping stone for progress and evolution. Birgit Huttemann-Holz, 2016 Seeking a Lost Eden In my newest series "Seeking a lost Eden" the flowers become the metaphor for the fleeting moment of beauty. They all hold passion, nostalgia and desire and at the same time stand for vulnerability and transition. I work with wax and I find myself hunting down the beauty of accidents and entropy. Unlike oil paint, encaustic cannot be blended. I apply it in layers to achieve a similar optical mix and depth. I use Sgraffitto to reveal what was there just a moment ago, only to come up with a new image. The process of fusing and melting is often unpredictable when using the blowtorch. This leads to surprising solutions, but cannot be replicated. I paint in wax, because the painting process embodies failure, the vulnerability of progress and evolution. Detroit, 2015