About Kristy Deetz

Kristy Deetz is Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. Her extensive exhibition record includes national and international venues. With Reni Gower, she co-curated FABRICation that traveled to art museums, university art galleries, and art centers. She frequently serves as a visiting artist and has led numerous painting/drawing workshops at venues including Haystack, Oxbow, Penland, Anderson Ranch, and Arrowmont. UWGB awarded her the 2011 Founders Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She received SECAC’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2015 Silver Award from Graphis Design Annual, NY. Her paintings have been featured in Encaustic Art in the Twenty-First Century, Encaustic Art—The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax, and Full-Range Color Painting for the Beginner. Recently she served as Erasmus Visiting Lectureship at the University of Kassel, Germany and Artist-in Residence at The Burren College of Art in Ireland and University of Florida–Gainesville, and published two illustrated books with Elm Grove Publishing: The Singular Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy and Holidays Unfolding: The Continuing Adventures of Rabbit and Kitty Boy with Edward Lewis (pen name for Edward Risden).

At present, she has separate series of work in painting, sculpture, and digital media. Using the trope of draped fabric her work challenges and plays 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. Recent series include Disrupted Gardens, Holidays Unfolding, and Through the Veil.

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.

Download: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


There are no exhibitions currently scheduled.