Thursday, April 2, 2009

karen kunc

the wanting pool, 2007, woodcut, 18x54, wild remnant, 2008, woodcut, 18 x 18, desert diamonds, 2007, woodcut, intaglio, 15x11, seeding jewels, 2008, woodcut, 18 x 18, sprawl, 2007, woodcut, 14x14

i could look at karen kunc's work forever...she has such a simple, yet strong and unique visual language that always leaves me inspired and wanting more.

'My work as an artist/printmaker addresses issues of the landscape and our natural surroundings as direct influences from my Nebraska heritage, my daily experiences and viewpoints in the landscape of the plains and from extensive travel, and as artistic interpretation and contemplation on larger issues of the eternal life struggle, of endurance and vulnerability, growth and destruction. My prints suggest extremes of weather and natural forces at work, a sense of the micro/macrocosm, set against landscape or space, both wild and cultivated, intimate and unknowable. I am interested in the span of time it takes to wear away a canyon, build a mountain, the erosion forces that continually wash onto the plains, forming the earth, and, ultimately, shaping our world. My hope is that these larger concepts are provoked by viewing my work with a poetic and intelligent sense of wonder.'

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