Artist Statement

My essential motivation is to create art that allows for contemplation and interpretation on a multitude of interrelated levels: visual, intellectual and historical.

Form, color, craftsmanship, and archivalness/longevity, are all very important factors in creating a piece of art, even when I tend to use materials that are not considered conventional art materials. Often my basic materials are industrial products like styrofoam, used as a painting substrate instead of canvas and a variety of organic substances stabilized with acrylic mediums. (tortillas, muffin wrappers, coffee filters, dryer lint, etc).

To reinforce my desire to have the work read on a variety of levels, the titles may often reflect ambivalence towards the viewer/consumer, the interpretation process, the art market, or the piece itself. I also enjoy a certain humorous approach, often hinted at with a play of words or ironic suggestions like in the titles: ”We Won’t Give” or “this latex piece might outlive your lifespan”. However, my work rarely takes on a purely ironic stance, and when it does, it usually involves some kind of criticism directed at the male dominated art market, the 'old boys club', or our male-centric historic narrative; like “Art For Art’s Sake Is A Luxury Women Just Can’t Afford” or “Holy Baloney”, a sausage made from a bible. I may also refrain from titling a work to invite a matter-of-fact approach towards the artwork, refusing to guide the viewer into any pre-fabricated point of view. For example, all the pieces in the styrofoam/packaging-peanut/bandage series are named “Untitled”. In general, I prefer a serial approach to most of my ideas, one of which escalated in 1996 in a 256 part series: “The Office Coffee And Cake Piece”, in which the individual pieces carry the date as their title, like “Wed. June 4,1996“.

Over the years my work has transformed from being figurative, abstract expressionistic to abstract feminist, to some sort of organic non-figurative abstraction. These shifts have been important developmental stages which have enabled me to clarify and define my artistic vision. Through changing and growing I have gained a multitude of skills and widened my capability of expressing ideas in diverse mediums.

“Art is as important as eating, shitting, fucking and sleeping“
I wish I would remember who said that, but that’s about right.

K. Luner, 2008

 

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