Update: “Seeking the Numinous” oil on linen is now in a private collection in Rochester, NY. Recently it was selected for inclusion in a Literary Magazine: “The Write Place at the Write Time” Spring Issue.
The above work is part of a series, following is a brief statement about the work.
“In creating these works I sought to reveal cultural awareness and meaning as interpreted through the experience of seeing. The abstractness of the paintings invites the viewer to seek meaning within the surface. These abstract works embody the richness and tapestry of displaced cultures crossing borders and intertwining their lives into other lands. Abstraction of color and line embodies the whole rather than singling out one culture from another. By employing abstraction I was able to create a textile appearance with rich color and line to represent the psychological challenges that displaced peoples encounter when entering into unfamiliar surroundings. The textile appearance also represents the importance of clothing to cultural identify. By intermixing universal symbolism through the calligraphic line drawn into the surfaces I strive to create a shared language that symbolizes the strength of these people to survive and continue their lives without losing their inherent culture.”
Linda Bigness (excerpt from Artist Statements and Painting Process) c. 2013
When Penny picked me up to go to Linda Bigness’ art reception, I thought we were going to Oswego, New York. But it turns out that SUNY Oswego has a campus annex here in Syracuse, New York at… Read more here…Building A Narrative by Karen Tash
As an artist, I observe the world through a unique lens relying upon memory, perception, and past experience to interpret reality through the aesthetic of abstraction.
In this body of work, my creative process focused on two distinct images, the man-made and the natural. The first is the classic American barn in all its various conditions of deterioration to the contemporary efforts to revive its once familiar grandness in our countries’ vast landscape.
The second is realized through the reflection of experiences with an aesthetic sense of time and place. Our environment is in a constant state of change and will appear differently to those populating our world one hundred years from now. My purpose is to preserve what I experience when observing our world and to present an aesthetic understanding of the abstract through the manipulation of paint and surface.
Whether it is man-made or part of our natural world, there is a subtle beauty to be found in the deterioration of our environment. As I pass through this world and take in the layers of destruction and renewal, I record what I see and use my creative output to give the world hope and a renewed sense of understanding for what is already a part of our reality.
Urban Walk I oil on canvas on exhibit in the Made in New York show. Patron holding my “Artist’s Heart” I donated for the Perfect Pairings fundraising event. Donna Lamb, Schweinfurth Director, presenting the winning bidder with her prized piece. A really fun evening well organized and presented by the Schweinfurth Artistic staff.
Made In New York Opening Reception: April 1, 2016 5 PM at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, N.Y.
New work at Studio 245 in progress. Keeping my focus on new interpretations in oil and encaustic for upcoming shows. I will post updates on these works as well as others soon. Studio 245 is also in the process of planning an encaustic workshop for the Spring. Details will follow soon. If you are interested please follow this link to register. ENCAUSTIC WORKSHOP