Yvonne Kunz

Artist Statement 

“How does an artist shape her own persona?” — Miriam Schapiro

My father’s corpse lay in repose as I took photographs of his jaundiced figure. He would understand and completely support this practice as I would paint this scene to grieve, honor, curse, and heal from this life event. Making art is my way of thinking, processing, feeling. I create images that help define a moment or life experience, a way of being. I question my life challenges through my art making. I am a watcher of the world; a gatherer of images, knowledge, and resources.

My art however, is not fully autobiographical. A feminist since before I even knew the word, my philosophy is that the personal is universal. Therefore, my art speaks to the female experience: relationships, family, religion, mortality, education — evolving questions of this American life.

The physicality of material is central to my art. Working in encaustic, fibers, bookmaking, and drawing, I appreciate the inherent meaning these materials bring to an image. I revel in the liminal overlap, the Venn of association, when images and materials collide to create their own voice. I tell my truth to question the universal truth women experience daily.

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Gallery 110’s mission is to provide dynamic opportunities to established and emerging professional artists in an environment that encourages creative expression, experimentation and collaboration. As a nonprofit organization, the gallery fosters artistic and professional connections between its associated artists and the arts community at large through creative dialogue, the presentation of challenging and enriching curated exhibitions, public opportunities and collaborative projects.