About Kristy Deetz

Kristy Deetz, Arts and Visual Design professor at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, received her MFA in painting and drawing from The Ohio State University. Kristy has taught painting and drawing at a number of universities and art schools over the past twenty years and frequently gives encaustic painting workshops at art centers such as Anderson Ranch, OxBow, and Penland. Her extensive exhibition record includes competitive, invitational, and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. At present, she has separate series of work in painting, sculpture, and digital media. Using the trope of draped fabric her Veil Paintings challenge and play with expectations of what painting does as it lies on the crease of abstraction and representation. This evolving exploration uses different painting media in each series and investigates Deleuze’s ideas from The Fold where internal versus external and virtual verses actual to challenge and play with expectations of what painting does as it lies on the crease of abstraction and representation. Her encaustic and oil paintings revise traditional images of drapery and still life and explore how image and process reveal and conceal substance and spirit. Carved wooden reliefs painted with encaustic, her “book” series are visual metaphors of the book form and autobiographical explorations. Playing off of concepts such as palimpsest, aporia, and table of contents—these pieces operate as visual puns and connect ideas of language to body and earth. Her new work in digital media revisions images from her drapery paintings into landscapes that play with the idea of mise en abyme, “placing into infinity” or “placing into the abyss,” to formally create a fractal space of endless reflexivity.

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  • Flashpoint: Material/Intent/Fused (traveling exhibition)
    August 2-October 5, 2019
    Group Exhibition (includes my encaustic paintings, digital prints, industrial jacquard weavings) curated by Reni Gower. First venue: Piedmont Arts Galleries, Martinsville, VA, August 2, 2019-October 5, 2019
  • Compulsory Measures (traveling exhibition )
    August 26, 2019-October 27, 2020
    Group Exhibition (includes my Veil Paintings) curated by Reni Gower
    Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD; January 31-March 31, 2019; The Art Museum, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY; August 26-November 8, 2019; International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX; December 22-May 3, 2020;The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA; August 27-October, 2020
  • Wax: Contemporary Methods
    October 12-December 2, 2019
    drapery series, encaustic and oil on wood panels