Karen Adrienne is the owner and founder of ARTDOGS Studios. She is also an artist and professor of art at the University of Maine at Augusta.
I am inspired by the power, beauty, and vitality of water. My investigations of water are created through the pressure and magic of a printing press. It’s about chance, and the urge to capture a moment and the experience of water, atmosphere, or the continuum of the sky above and the water below.
My current work has evolved over the past four years. It incorporates my love of printmaking and the unique qualities of a printing press. I take advantage of press pressure and the ability to capture ink, folds and embossing all at the same time.
These monotype prints are conceptually and physically embedded in reciprocity. They are built by the mutual relationship of concealing and revealing, plan and chance. As I investigate properties of water with inky flats of color, I also explore properties of paper by folding and embossing it with the pressure of the press. The folds and ink passes through the press allow the paper to act as both a resist and receptacle for the image.
Each pass imparts another layer of ink, and a new sequence of folds to the previous
layers. The images carry a present and a past that can be seen at the same time. The print layers are built upon until I have captured a momentary balance of chance with a fugitive experience of water.
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