Paula Schuette Kraemer
The artist’s works are predominantly drypoint monoprints and monotypes, although she is also known for her drawings in oil stick on mylar. The immediacy and spontaneity that is achieved by drawing directly into a copper plate using a steel etching needle affords an excellent translation of the artist’s drawing style. During the actual printing process, Paula intentionally leaves some surface ink and often smears, wipes and draws into that residue ink. This is what qualifies the artworks as drypoint monoprints and monotypes. The prints within each edition do vary and yet the image portrayed, the color, and the composition are constant within each edition. The editions printed are no more than twenty in number as so much of the creativity and time involved occur during the actual printing process.
In one sense the artwork of Paula Schuette Kraemer is autobiographical, as her subjects reflect her life experiences. And yet, nostalgia for past times, love of ones’ pets, anxieties, love of nature, a desire for calm in a hectic world …. these themes are common to us all. It is the intent of the artist that her work be viewed both as personal and universal comments on life. She tends to follow a theme for one or two years and then moves on as her life progresses and new images sift to the surface. It is not her desire to be known for any one specific theme, but rather to use her artistic ability to portray life’s experiences, often with a slight smile…or a tear.
Paula Schuette Kraemer studied art history at Vassar College and then completed her undergraduate work in fine art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Next she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin where she studied both printmaking and ceramics with Warrington Colescott and Bruce Breckenridge. Close alliance with Tandem Press has afforded her the opportunity to learn from many of the Tandem artists who have worked there. All of her work is created and printed at her own Open Gate Press which is located in Madison, Wisconsin. The artist signs her work using her maiden name, Schuette.