One theme has preoccupied me and been apparent in my work since the mid 1990`s when I lived and studied in Germany and Holland, and that is duality - in every aspect of human life. My work evolves around the human figure and condition.
I like painting in oil, often diptychs, corresponding with each other. I depict inner conflicts about aging, being a stranger or gender assignments. If gender is not important in a particular painting, the figures often look androgynous. In my newest series of oil paintings (blue matters) the figures are interacting with some form of physical matter. It is a playful series as I regard all my work with a certain amount of humor. In every painting the matter looks different and it is never obvious whether the substance is water or glue, hair or clay, rock or bubble, heavy or light.In other recent paintings I am reflecting on the possibilities and dangers of DNA research or the controversial “Right to Bear Arms”. Aside from painting in oil, I also enjoy working as a printmaker. Over the past couple of years I started transforming elements of my paintings into prints using a transfer technique called paper lithography. The image never transforms back into the painting it came from but is "recycled" into a new life. Each print is unique since the printing plate is only a Xerox paper. Often I add layers of monoprints. Or I paint on the prints. This mixed media process creates a new tension caused by the layering or partially burying of the images.I like for my imagery to have its own clarity and subtlety but at the same time address a world of uncertainty and obscurity. 
                                                                                        All images copyright Kristina Kuester-Witt
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