Paintings on laser-cut wood canvases by Seattle-based artist Redd Walitzki who is known for her sensual portraits of fairytale women influenced by the old world Rococo ornamentation of her native Bavaria. The series entitled Exquisite Corpse was inspired by a Greek-Roman myth and is a term for a collaborative art game created by the Surrealists of the early 20th century.
While beginning the series, I discovered a Greek-Roman myth about Chloris, the Goddess of Flowers and Spring. Wandering through the forest, Chloris stumbles upon the lifeless body of a woodland nymph. Saddened by the innocent creature’s fate, Chloris breathes new life into her, transforming the nymph’s body into a flower. This tale was the perfect genesis for the beautiful, yet slightly macabre, pieces I wanted to create, and became the jumping off point for this group of paintings.On view at Modern Eden Gallery, Oct 10–Nov 7.