In Front of Piero's Resurrection (from the series Through the Veil), 2012. Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

De Pere, WI

Overview

Kristy Deetz begins each composition by meticulously painting the canvas surface to look like wrinkled fabric; the trompe l’oeil folds act, in the artist’s words, as “a limen or threshold that places the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning.” Over this backdrop (though sometimes behind it), a shape-shifting rabbit appears. Suggestive of Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit that led Alice into a fantasy world of literary nonsense, the reappearing rabbit in Deetz’s paintings guides us through works that are full of dark humor, visual puns, symbolic imagery, and cultural collisions. Referencing various eras, cultures, and influences, the artist cleverly fuses pop culture, religion, and mythology with the art historical canon.

Biography

Kristy Deetz received her MFA in painting and drawing in 1984 from Ohio State University, and is currently a Professor in Arts and Visual Design at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. She has taught painting and drawing at a number of universities and art schools over the past twenty-five years. Deetz frequently gives encaustic painting workshops at art centers such as Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, Colorado), OxBow (Saugatuck, Michigan), Haystack (Deer Isle, Maine), and Penland School (Penland, North Carolina). Her extensive exhibition record includes competitive, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.