Kauffman is known for abstract yet allusory paintings. She works in series, painting groups of people swimming, sharing meals around a table, lounging and listening to music and protesting for civil and human rights. Her recent series, Jeopardy, focuses on groups of endangered or extinct species: bees and butterflies, big cats affected by border walls, birds and ocean creatures affected by the destruction of their habitat and climate change.
“My paintings exist in the space between abstraction and figuration where amorphous shapes and fluid color reflect my response to the world around me.”
She researches topics, often creating digital collages, adding and subtracting images and manipulating the composition and intensity of color until a dense, saturated emerges, establishing a reference for the paintings. Layers of transparent oil washes on canvas become the base for gestural brushwork, she builds a fluid, vibrant surface that conveys both beauty and tension.