Angela Kremer is a painter in Portland, OR. Originally from Minnesota, she majored in art history at Colorado College and then attended San Francisco Art Institute.
"Wrestling" is her first series in oil, chosen for its natural capacity to capture emotion and expression. Angela's work is greatly influenced by Allison Shulnik, Philip Guston, Paul Klee and many others.
In Angela's words:
Wrestling as a subject matter has been convenient and intriguing. I value balancing the experimental with using figures as a relatable and solid element. I work from photos and often prepare by making ink drawings and drawings in colored charcoal.
This series is based on the male wrestler. The men are sculpting one another in a useful symbiosis. The tradition I was referencing mostly was Turkish oil wrestling, the longest known continuous sporting competition. As part of the tradition, olive oil is applied to the body before wrestling in an open field.
These figures are fluid, flexible, not afraid to touch each other or get close, not afraid to get dirty or be seen from a bad angle. They convey physical bonding and non-sexual intimacy, pride, closeness, respect. Their fitness is a byproduct of the challenge not the end goal.
In this series I have uncovered a personal desire for healthier competition. A desire for the world around me to remain fair and grounded and to engage in a way that strips us down, that makes everyone involved more flexible and more dynamic.
People become entangled in many battles with often faceless and mysterious opponents. We battle with forces that end up distorting our self worth and potential. The wrestlers represent a fantasy arena where I wish I could effectively confront people and problems
Some questions I have:
- How can we get better if we cannot wrestle and fight (honestly and fairly)?
- Where can we wrestle full out (in body and or spirit) and not be afraid to feel and be awkward or like we will be ostracized if we make a weak move?
- Where can we come back in earnest and try again and again?
- Why do we feel we have to be winners 100% of the time?