Email: kauffmanartistry AT gmail.com
My work evokes a post apocalyptic DIY culture where structures and life itself are cobbled together out of anything at hand. It’s making the most out of what you have and what’s around you. Showing that our struggles, fears, victories and dreams haven’t changed much since the dawn of humanity. Portraying power and the ways it changes hands - among individuals, imparted to objects, and released from self. Organizing the chaos that forms our day-to-day lives into something that makes sense. Making the world smaller by emphasizing the interconnectedness of everything. I draw influence from everyday life, from the biological world past and present, and from the process of evolution. Artistically, indigenous art across South America, music of many forms, and the makings of modern folk purveyors get me inspired.
I grew up in South Bend, Indiana. Born in Chicago, I returned there often for skateboarding in my teens and concerts after that. In Indiana, a giant portion of my early life was outdoors - wandering swamps, flipping over logs, exploring the (to me) forest primeval in my backyard. This duality shaped me and the work I do. Needing something larger after high school, I attended ASU for ceramics and anthropology. The latter has been one of my largest influences to date. I’ve been fortunate enough to show my work across the US for the past seven years. I’ve also shown bits of things in Italy, Israel, and Canada (first out of the country solo there last year). Featured in Juxtapoz, Lost at E Minor, Beautiful Decay, and Wallfarmers. I’ve been lucky enough to work with people like Mountain Dew, Nike, and Arbor on projects, and have written for Hi Fructose on and off since 2008.
Currently residing in Oakland, CA. I called ol Denver home for many years prior.