My artistic practice consists of improvisational drawing and collage inspiring play and exploration. A daily drawing practice deepens my observational and representational skills, while providing source materials for my paintings. My encaustic practice is a longer, slower process where I paint, scrape, and fuse layers upon layers of wax, pigment, and damar resin.
I bury images in layers so they are unpacked by viewers with long, slow viewings. Working in mixed media in my drawings and collages -- stitching in paper, found text and images, researched primary sources -- metaphors and narratives surface in time. I want the viewer to search through the layers, to create associations as images are revealed.
Over the past twenty years, my voice has been consistent, honest, courageous, and, sometimes shy. It is an exploration of layers of my being: sexuality, motherhood, my personal belief system, "home". My art oscillates between realistic figurative imagery to symbolism of personal identity: aprons, IUDs, ladders, teeth, wishbones, and the Hail Mary. My art is an attempt to connect with a personal community that is fractured, with a sense of place that feels fleeting, and a family history which is slipping away.
Yvonne Kunz is an artist and educator working in drawing and encaustic with an active national exhibit record. Along with being an artist, Yvonne is a K-12 certificated art educator. Yvonne holds a B.A in Visual Art from the University of Washington, a M.A in TESOL from the University of Delaware, and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University. She is married, has two sons, and lives in Olympia, WA. Her work and teaching can be found at yvonnekunz.com and on Instagram @ykunzartisteducator.