The Unknown Journey |

The Unknown Journey

Cassie Pence
Vail Daily/Bret HartmanBoulder artist Dodi Klutznick get inspiration from texture and the color red. "The Lightness of Being" a commissioned art piece.

Deep in the gut of artist Dodi Klutznick dissatisfaction harbored. Her still lives, portraits and figurative paintings failed to move her. Encouraged by her teacher, Klutznick abandoned her artistic safety zone. Like a dusty bottle of bold cabernet, she uncorked a subconscious passion – and her paintings suddenly turned red.”I pushed myself as far away as I could go from my earlier style,” Klutznick said. “It was terrifying. It was so unknown. I didn’t know where I was going.”Her paintings hang on the walls of the Collaborative Gallery in Eagle-Vail. Klutznick paints almost exclusively acrylic on wood; wood is more forgiving than canvas and allows her to really layer on the texture.”The medium and the process is what excites me,” Klutznick said. “My painting is a very tactile kind.”Klutznick’s artwork hinges on her mood. Emotion and life’s spirit create an unpredictability in her paintings. Yet, her composition is intentional and conducts your eye through the movement of the painting. Her paintings’ bold colors, mostly hues of red, entice the viewer. Taking a closer look reveals intricate hidden treasures, elements of composition in the form of scraps of canvas, broken palette knives, glass, beads, golden leaves or remnants of old post cards.”I want to bring the viewer into the painting,” Klutznick said. “I want them to notice all my little compositions.”After building up layers of textures, Klutznick sands the work to free some of the layers underneath. If she likes the color and elements that emerge, she keeps them. If not, she continues to build over it.”I paint what excites me, and the end result is a surprise,” Klutznick said.When she talks about the collage pieces, her eyes widen and her face lights up. Whether it is her childhood home’s blueprints or an angel-dropped lost key, Klutznick connects with the magic in these inanimate objects.”Trash is beauty,” Klutznick said.One onlooker commented that Klutznick’s paintings reminded her of memories. Some bits and pieces surface clearly, while other recollections are a bit more ingrained and fuzzy.”I don’t want any of my paintings to be literal,” Klutznick said.Viewers can find themselves in Klutznick’s paintings at the Collaborative in Eagle-Vail. For more information, call (970) 949-4278.Cassie Pence is the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Vail Daily. She can be reached at cpence@vaildaily.comVail Colorado

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