The Origin of Fruit | Daniela Koontz & Taylor Waldt

August 6th, 2016  |  Published in EXHIBITIONS, PAST EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

The Origin of Fruit | Daniel Koontz & Taylor Waldt

September 17 – October 29, 2016 Exhibitions
Opening Reception, Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7 – 9PM

The Origin of Fruit | Daniela Koontz & Taylor Waldt
Downstairs Front BOX

In the painting tradition, flowers have long been symbolically associated with renewal, the fleeting nature of existence, and feminine fertility. They are also often inseparable from kitsch, romance, and overt sentimentality. Koontz and Waldt’s floral works flirt with kitsch but are aiming for the hauntingly beautiful and unsentimental. Waldt’s paintings use rich floral fabrics as a motif into which she inserts subtle self-portraits. Perhaps part of an poorly manicured hand will be pulling back a curtain? The lush florals compete visually with the honest portrayal of herself. Koontz’s newest drawings use floral imagery to conjure invented astronomy. Neither macro nor micro, but rather little eruptions of wonder. Koontz and Waldt would like to provide a little space for euphoric emotions in our increasingly chaotic world.

Daniela Koontz is originally from Los Angeles, but has been having a love affair with Houston for a little more than a decade. She’s a fan of glam rock, sci-fi movies, juicy paintings, good eating, and well-designed gadgets for the kitchen. Koontz holds degrees from UC Berkeley, UT El Paso, and an MFA from the University of Houston. As an artist, she has published archaeological drawings of Mesoamerican low-relief sculpture in academic books and journals, and has shown her work in numerous group shows throughout the state of Texas. She has also taught art, bartended, arranged flowers, delivered pizza, worked as a fry cook, slide librarian, and as an archaeologist in Honduras. She currently is an active member of BOX 13 ArtSpace where she has a studio next to Taylor Waldt.

Taylor Waldt was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University in 2014. In her infant art career, Waldt has already participated in a residency through Aurora Residencies, been a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize, had an internship at Lawndale Art Center, and became a resident of the fantastic BOX13 ArtSpace. Through painting, Waldt has been examining what it means to me to be a female in society today. Much of her work visually contains the elements of pattern and the female figure. The female figure is often a self portrait to create a more personal connection with the work. In her more recent work, the figure is usually contained within the pattern, or reacting with it in some way. These elements combine to create a visual representation of the term “wallflower,” as well as react to ideas of beauty and society expectations that are thrust upon her.

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