My COVID Story
It seems artists are vulnerable to unseen situations that can place them in unusual circumstances. During this pandemic, I was contacted by patrons who wished to purchase artwork to add to their collection. I was thrilled and anxious to accommodate them. Fortunately for me, they had visited my website and picked out works that I had available. It was a unique presentation as I delivered the work to the outside of their home wearing the mandatory mask to make the delivery. I left the works for them to try out with instructions to let me know if they liked any of them to contact me and I would return with my mask on to pick them up. Well, it was the very next day that I heard back from them and they were thrilled with the largest work shown here. They chose a 30 X 30” encaustic with gold and silver leaf that I had framed in a beautiful bronze wood floating frame. This painting they shared was, “perfect for their new home” and I was to pick up the other two outside their home and they would leave a check attached to one of the pieces.
I am excited to now be considered a curbside artist and looking forward to more unusual art placement opportunities. Of course, I am also looking forward to the end of this devastating virus and wish everyone who has suffered from this virus, comfort, and hope for the future. Also, thank you so much to these patrons who saw fit to support the arts during this difficult time.
New work on view at the Cazenovia Artisans. This artist’s cooperative is unique in that all of the artists are active in the gallery on a rotating basis seven days a week. My corner features some of my abstract encaustic works reflecting my concern with nature and the environment. I love meeting new people as they come in to see all the exciting work on display. There are many stories to discover at the
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.