Project Description

Lutz was born in Beach Haven, New Jersey and holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute. An accident that occurred in her childhood led Lutz to create work that questioned and subverted traditional notions of beauty. Her early work consisted of drawings of the human form integrating magazine cutouts stapled to the page, further manipulated by scratching out the visual identities of the subjects’ faces. These works, while provocative and full of rage, shared the artist’s genuine pain with the viewer, as well as her hope and humor. “There is a freedom that is only attainable while drawing,” says Lutz. “There are no rules, nothing is right or wrong, or socially unacceptable. There is no editing or censoring. A piece of paper is a place where anxieties can live painlessly. A fantasy can exist freely and unjudged. A drawing is merely a toy, a place for the imagination to play.” Though she still uses mixed media, Lutz’s more recent work explores a wide range of subjects, including maritime landscapes and abstract anthropomorphic shapes.