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Renee Kahn | email@example.com
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I never plan a work in advance; I don’t do preliminary sketches, in fact, I don’t even like to preconceive a theme. I let the subconscious take over and determine what happens. I never know in advance what will appear on on the canvas. That’s the fun of it, not knowing what is stored in my visual data bank. I often run into my subject matter after the fact. My children used to point and whisper, “Mom, she looks just like one of your paintings.” It’s the old story of art creating life, rather than the other way around.
What I do is not caricature. Caricature is a relatively shallow bag of tricks. I consider my work “satire,” answering to the higher calling of “art.” People always ask me to describe my work. I wish I could answer simply: “I do watercolors of flowers,” or I do “colorful abstractions.” A reviewer once described it as “cubo-expressionist,” and that’s close, but if you were going to be totally accurate, it’s “cubo-expressionist satire with surrealist elements.” That’s what happens when you teach Art History for so many years!
You can read whatever you want in my work. I drag images from my unconscious and juxtapose them in surprising ways (surprising to me too). I like to get different interpretations from viewers. Who are all these guys and what are they doing? Am I making fun of them or am I just painting what I see?
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