With this piece “Harmless Monster", I wanted to explore the notion of woman as “The Other.” Often throughout history, mythology and fiction we see frightening supernatural women, who are in part unknowable because of their femininity. My little monstrous siren is holding a deep sea angler fish - a species where the males are almost superfluous (they exist only as tiny sperm packets). Angler fish look alien and terrifying to us as well, but they are merely a creature perfectly adapted to a harsh environment.
Redd Walitzki draws her inspiration from the lush surroundings of her home in the Pacific Northwest, and the ornate Baroque ornamentation of her native Bavaria. The vivid muses in her paintings are influenced by the glamour of high-fashion, while often exploring the darker side of human impact on ecology. Her earliest memories are of painting at the kitchen table with her Grandfather, pulling flowers and foxes out of the bright splashes of pigment. This initial passion led her to pursue a career as an artist, and Redd completed her B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts with a concentration in Painting. Redd can be found in her studio painting to BBC Documentaries, playing with her pet opossum, or chasing down the next strange adventure on her scooter.
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