After getting to know german-born Seattlite artist Redd Walitzki already last year, I finally made it into her local Wonderland studio, “X17”, which she set up and shares with fellow artist Carl Faulkner.
Walitzki just finished a series of paintings for her upcoming solo show this week at Roq la Rue, which I’ll sadly miss out on because of my flight back to Vienna. She explained her work process and the thoughts and emotions behind it in detail, as well as elaborating how to continue expanding beyond her comfort zone. Also, Walitzki showed some of the work that goes into her final paintigs - amazing material that has a strong auratic dimension by itself, yet isn’t shown publicly. Pieces that, who knows, could eventually surpass her established work’s strength.
Although originally working in watercolor and oil, she began developing a formal language that might eventually be even stronger than what has become her figurative canon. Walitzki is experimenting with a wide array of materials that one wouldn’t expect when only knowing her published work, which stand equally in quality and thought - making me rather curious about her work’s next evolutionary steps.
Austrian artist Christian Bazant-Hegemark came by for a studio visit, and shared his observations of my work and process. A lovely glimpse behind the scenes! He’s one of the most engaging and thoughtful artists I’ve come across in a long time, and his tumblr is full of inspiration and thoughts on art-making so give it a look! ♥