Claudia Kaak is a German self-taught artist who paints the human figure. She puts emphasis on facial expressions and body language while leaving backgrounds purposelynondescript in order to avoid distracting the viewer, allowing more focus on the sublimal content. Instead of giving them titles, she assigns each painting with a number to form a part of a numbered series in order to avoid impressing the viewer with a preconceived idea – she prefers viewers to engage with the deeper meanings of her artwork through their own visceral reactions.
Every series and each painting has an autobiographical and often society-critical narrative.
Her artwork deals with existential feelings and captures psychologically emotive fragments in time, describing a past of internal turmoil and profound suffering, and relate to previously lived violence and trauma not explicitly shown in her work.
She wants to show emotional disorder, feelings, not hide them. To hide feelings, she thinks, is not good for people and not good for society.