Return to Venice

In July, 2022, I’d mounted my exhibition, Yoga: Interior and Eternal, in an art gallery affiliated with the Venice Biennale in Italy. I went there to install thirty floor-to-ceiling mixed media pieces. They all explored close examination of the joints in the female form, after having been twisted in yoga postures. The exhibit stayed up, …

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Venice Biennale

In Venice, Italy, I gazed upward into St. Mark Basilica’s West Dome, unaware that I would soon receive a revelation. These delightful Byzantine style mosaics – exploding with the raw power of flattened designs without naturalistic perspective – portrayed the Holy Spirit at the top of the dome, symbolized by a dove sitting on a …

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Making the Invisible Visible: In Meditation

2020 November 11 – 2021 December 31Making the Invisible VisibleVirtual Exhibition Kauffman creates mixed media pieces that depict people in meditative states; they dwell where the physical and the spiritual meet. As in much religious art, the creative process itself strengthens the artist’s private contemplative practice. View the exhibit online here. Kauffman begins by making …

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Bravo Henri Matisse

Bravo to Henri Matisse (1869-1954). He followed his vision in spite of harsh art world judgments. In 1908, he wrote: What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or  depressing subject matter…a soothing, calming influence on the mind. The art world has always taken itself seriously, no …

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Keeping Ancestors Alive

In October, our thoughts turn to those spirits who may still roam among us. Other cultures didn’t try to keep these phantasms away, but encouraged them to stay with us, believing them to be ancestors who could help us from the beyond. The Standing Gong from North Ambrym Island in Vanuatu, a South Pacific nation, …

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What do you wish for?

Lorna Simpson, III (Three Wishbones in a Wood Box), and Gary Simmons’, Can’t See Straight, works are dissimilar in appearance. But they unite in concept. Both tap into a human yearning: to believe a wish could be fulfilled. Simpson’s presentation is potent, but aloof. An orderly arrangement of seven wishbones in three vertical rows, invites …

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Review: Art Exhibition Investigates Impacts of the Invisible – The Battalion

A new review of Kaethe’s current exhibition, Parallel Fields, entitled Art Exhibition Investigates Impacts of the Invisible by the talented Meagan Sheffield of The Battalion, the Texas A&M University newspaper, is out. From the review: Kauffman has exhibited her work in New York, California, Washington, D.C., Australia and Prague. She said she enjoys showing her …

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Dramatic Constructs

New Critiques of Kaethe’s Recent NY Exhibition Kathleen Cullen submitted this review of Kaethe’s NY Exhibit on June 29, 2018. View the article “Dramatic Constructs” online at Culture Catch here. From White Hot Magazine: https://whitehotmagazine.com/ articles/moline-kramer-at- lichtundfire-gallery/3985 From Artes Magazine:http://www.artesmagazine.com/?p=22535