Father Figure”, 2017, Vintage wallpaper and enamel on board. Courtesy of the artist
Rebecca Kautz (b.1978 Princeton, IL) is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting/drawing, performance, and video installation. Kautz has a foundational practice which incorporates reflective, expository writing and drawing. These beginning processes are often translated into physical performance works as an attempt to embody and expand on the problem under investigation. Working on the themes of psychology, sexuality, and power, the work is not always linear and incorporates personal auto-ethnographic symbols as well as contemporary culture. After completing her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001) in Performance, she spent four years working with women at a day-shelter as an Arts and Activities Director and subsequently has numerous years of experience in non-profit and education sectors. Kautz holds a Master’s of Arts in both Educational Leadership as well as Art and will receive a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2018. Kautz has an exhibition and performance record that includes both solo and group shows including; Lakeside Legacy Foundation in Crystal Lake, IL (2015); OFF The WALL at Arts + Literature Lab, Madison, WI (2017 and 2016); Performance art work presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, CAN Gallery (Chicago); SHE SHE Gallery (Chicago) and alternative spaces. Kautz was a lead artist for the 2002 Redmoon Theater All Hallows Eve Event in Chicago, Illinois. She has presented her work at the Open Engagement Conference on Socially Engaged Art in Chicago (2017), and was awarded a Social Art Award from the Berlin-based Center for Art and Innovation (2017); 1st Honorable Mention for the Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize (2018) and is recipient of the Temkin Exhibition Award at University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018). Kautz currently lives with her family in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.