"Kretz is in a category by herself. Working in silverpoint, an archaic drawing technique that leaves fine, ghostly metallic lines on a gessoed surface, the artist has created miniature pictures of tornadoes on the concave surface of two ordinary tablespoons. The images are barely an inch wide (you have to get right on top of them to see them), but their message packs a punch. That’s because of Kretz’s delivery, which harnesses the metaphorical power of an ordinary household object to domesticate nature’s fury.
The artist's point is less representational than conceptual. She's interested in disturbances that that aren't atmospheric so much as familial: divorce, dysfunction, and other transformative dynamics.
For Kretz, a tempest in a teapot can be just as devastating as one on the open prairie."