I am exploring our desire for a lost Eden. In our fast changing world the infinite splendor of the natural process of entropy and decay becomes a metaphor for the continuum: A fallen world, but free to overcome form and purpose. It is just a state of transition, of change, of evolution.
Failure has a dual nature of its own. It is at once a leap forward and a fall downward, one that can only be made by free human beings. The motivation for such a leap is triggered by curiosity and/or anxiety about the future and about being a human itself.
I always wanted to make paintings that told stories and suggested things, but more in a metaphorical sense - the mirror image of memory or fantasy.
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 and I use Sgraffitto to reveal what was there just a moment ago, only to come up with a new image. In the process a lot of mistakes happen that cannot be foreseen, but lead to surprising solutions, yet often cannot be replicated. I paint in wax, because the painting process embodies failure, the vulnerability of progress and evolution. I leap and fail, but when I succeed I transcend tragedy and see the genesis of beauty and the ephemeral.
Birgit Huttemann-Holz, 2015
In the studio of her uncle Werner Holz, an outstanding German artist, Birgit Huttemann-Holz was exposed to Imaginary Realism 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, 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 translation and geography. It wasn't long before she discovered the ancient Greek painting technique called encaustic.
Birgit Huttemann-Holz has exhibited in London, UK, Turkey, Germany, The Netherlands, New York, Santa Fe and Detroit. She was awarded Finalist of the International Portrait Competition, Society for Art of the Imagination (2011), National Platform Award/ Best of Show, Oklahoma City, OK (2013), American Arts Award/ First Place in Abstract Impressionism (2013), NANA 2014, Best of Show, Key West Florida, FL (2014) and won multiple awards nationwide. Her work was selected for Studio Visit Magazine, winter edition 2013 and Saatchi ‘ New This Week” collection show case, April 2014, besides multiple other publications. Recently, she recieved the NANA 14 Award, a month long residency at the Key West Studios, FL.
In April 2015 her book ‘ Enkaustik- Grundlagenbuch der Wachsmalerei” (Encaustic- Fundamentals in Encaustic Painting) was published by Christopherus Verlag, Germany.
Huttemann-Holz lives and works in Detroit.
2004-2014 Continued Education in Fine Art:
2014 International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA
2013/2014 Advanced Monotype, Paula Roland, Santa Fe
2010 Summer Academy for the Arts, Marburg Germany, Prof Andras Ernszt, Hungary
2004-2007 Continued Education, CCS College for Creative Studies, Detroit
1991-94 Studies in German Literature, Media Science, Philosophy at University of Karlsruhe and Philipps University Marburg, Germany
1989 B.A. Physical Therapy, Ludwigshafen/ Schoemberg, Germany
2015 Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Ward Gallery, Petoskey, MI
2013 Between Heaven and Earth, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2011/2012 Affairs with Serpents and Heroines, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2009 Wherever you are, Gallery at the Unitarian Church Birmingham –Bloomfield, MI
2001 Come away with me, Doan Residence, Grosse Pointe, MI
2015 Open Studio, The Pioneer Building, Detroit, MI
2015 Contemporary Encaustic, Contemporary Royal Gallery, Florence, CO
2015 Let's Pretend, River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2015 Artwalk, Ward Gallery, Petoskey, MI
2015 Zusammenarbeit, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI
2015 Verleidelijik von Eva tot Lipstick, Gallery McSorely, Kl’s- Grave, The Netherlands
2014 NANA14, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL (Best of Show)
2014 Group Exhibition- Gallery Mc Sorely, Kl’s- Graveland, the Netherlands
2014 Detroit Connections- Women Printmakers and their Mentors, N’ Naamdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
2014 Subliminal, 8th International Encaustic Conference, Gallery of Castle Hill, Provincetown, MA
2014 Columbus Invitational Arts Competition, King Arts Complex, Columbus, OH
2014 Revelation, WCA Michigan, Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI
2014 Terra Nova, Power Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2014 9th Annual Encaustic Invitational, Year of the Encaustic Monoprint, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ
2013 Mona, Museum for Contemporary Art, Armada, MI
2013 USA Encaustic, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
2013 Platform Award, Paseo Originals Art Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK (Best of Show)
2012 Nature Speaks, Madonna University, Detroit, MI
2012 Man up, Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2012 WAX, nat. encaustic, Scarab Club, Detroit, MIland
2011 Invitational, 4731 Gallery, Detroit, MI
2011 Art Expo, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Art expo, New York, NY
2011 Playing with Fire, nat. encaustic, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ
2010 Balance, The Reflection Gallery, Finnlandia Unversity, MI
2010 Exploring the Triptych, nat .encaustic, LUX Center for the Arts, Lincoln, NE
2010 Fifty Years Fantastic, La Galleria Pal Mall, London, UK
2010 Opening, International Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 All American Tour, Miranda Galleries, Laguna Beach, CA
2009 Divine, Chalk Farm Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Imagine, nat. encaustic, Elderstadt Gallery, Houston, TX
2009 Small Show, DAM, Detroit, MI
2012 Sala Corporation- Troy, MI
2015 Enkaustik- Das Grundlagenbuch der Wachsmalerei- Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Christopherus Verlag, Germany
2014 Saatchi Collection “New This Week” 21-4-2014
2014 Featured Artist, Visual Language Magazine, June 2014
2013 Wanderlust- Paintings and Poems, by Birgit Huttemann-Holz, Blurb
2013 Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 23
2013 Art and Design, Birgit Huttemann-Holz, WMTV5, Grosse Pointe, MI
2013 Art, Birgit Huttemann-Holz OCTV, Oxford, MI
2013 USA Encaustic, exhibition catalogue, ARC Gallery Chicago, IL
2012 Contemporary Painters, Schiffer Publishing, ISBN- 13: 978-0764341083
2011 Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze, SOMArts cultural center catalogue, CA
2010 Who is who, 2010, Domain Verlag, Leibzig, Germany, ISBN 978-3-9813474-1-8
2010 Cover Art, I broke up with my Haiku, Craig Boehman, ISBN 10:145054591