Rae Klein is best known for her oil paintings. A principle theme in her work is tense, off situations. Through painting, she explores where the line is when events cross from in, to out of one’s control. Subtle emotions from the realization that one is becoming powerless translate into visual detail.
She graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Painting from Eastern Michigan University.
Eastern Michigan University // Bachelor of Fine Arts
September 2013-December 2017, YPSILANTI, MI
2022. Todo es de Color, The Curators Room, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2022. Paper., BEERS London, UK.
***2021. Waiting In The Field, The Valley, Taos NM.
2021. I Have My Eye On You, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
2021. When Shit Hits The Fan Again, Guts Gallery, London, UK.
2020. New Moon, The Valley, Taos NM.
Portraying seemingly ordinary objects and ordinary characters, she communicates with the viewer on a barely-perceived level through unexpected details, visual deformations, and unobvious symbols. Each image tells its own story, or rather, some sort of legend which seems a whole separate universe could have been built around. Working simultaneously in 2D and with volumetric realistic detail, Klein prioritizes the plot, causes the eye to see the picture in different
planes, and perhaps gives more importance to
individual objects. Her work could be placed
somewhere between fairytale narrative and sleep,
and if you're open to metaphors and willing to give
any ambiguous image a chance, Klein's paintings will
not leave you indifferent. You might be able to
build your own dialogue with them, find non-existent
answers to non-existent questions.
“…Languishing in the field, these creatures mesh with their surroundings, creating layered, dream-like compositions which give way to a host of discernible and indiscernable forms with hooves, ears, snouts, and often, uncannily human eyes. A halation effect, as though seen through a vaseline covered lens, asks the viewer to strain to focus. Like afterimages, bright shades of cyan, turquoise, and verdigris pervade this body of work, lingering in the visual field long after one turns away.”