KAREN M. KRIEGER

KAREN M. KRIEGER

ARTIST STATEMENT

ARTIST STATEMENT

According to Chinese Taoist thinking, the Tao reflects the way things exist in nature and the world in general. Everything has its own distinctive quality of being that cannot be expressed adequately through words or meanings. As a painter, I aim to convey a semblance of this natural order and expression which I find difficult to articulate into words instead of images. I approach my work by taking cues from the natural flow and organic patterns that I create on the paper or canvas. The Chinese refer to this expression as “wu wei” – that is acting without contrived effort and following an internal movement.

 

Through my paintings I harmonize both intentional brush strokes and pigment with a natural order or flow. The painting begins to come together when there is a unified balance and rhythm between the unplanned movement of the pigment and an intuitive attention to the imagery. My goal is not to replicate an outer realism of a landscape but rather to capture the essence of a mountain range, the depth of water, or the feeling of mist. I view empty spaces on the canvas as breath or what the Chinese refer to as “chi”.

 

Harmonizing and connecting these occupied and empty spaces together allows for the expression of the ink on the paper. I am always working toward preserving an organic ebb and flow of these spaces. As said in the ancient Chinese text of the Tao Te Ching: “being and absence give birth to one another”. This yin yang dance of opposites creates a lively dialogue between positive and negative on the canvas or paper.

 

Ancient Chinese landscape painting resonates with me because it juxtaposes the Taoist approach to the natural world. For me, there is no need to thoroughly replicate an outer realism of nature. I prefer to focus on the inner movement of the natural world through my paintings.

 

In addition to the visual expression of Chinese landscape painting, I am also inspired by the simple yet evocative imagery in the “shanshui” or poetry of mountains and rivers from ancient China. Through limited words the poet is able to evoke in the reader’s imagination visions of the natural landscape. I also strive in my work to create quiet inner visual landscapes conjuring up another place and time.

 

My paintings merge an Eastern sensibility of nature perceived through a Western viewpoint. These meditative reflections on nature visually explore the simplicity of empty spaces filled with the presence of an imagined landscape.

 

Karen M. Krieger

According to Chinese Taoist thinking, the Tao reflects the way things exist in nature and the world in general. Everything has its own distinctive quality of being that cannot be expressed adequately through words or meanings. As a painter, I aim to convey a semblance of this natural order and expression which I find difficult to articulate into words instead of images. I approach my work by taking cues from the natural flow and organic patterns that I create on the paper or canvas. The Chinese refer to this expression as “wu wei” – that is acting without contrived effort and following an internal movement.

 

Through my paintings I harmonize both intentional brush strokes and pigment with a natural order or flow. The painting begins to come together when there is a unified balance and rhythm between the unplanned movement of the pigment and an intuitive attention to the imagery. My goal is not to replicate an outer realism of a landscape but rather to capture the essence of a mountain range, the depth of water, or the feeling of mist. I view empty spaces on the canvas as breath or what the Chinese refer to as “chi”.

 

Harmonizing and connecting these occupied and empty spaces together allows for the expression of the ink on the paper. I am always working toward preserving an organic ebb and flow of these spaces. As said in the ancient Chinese text of the Tao Te Ching: “being and absence give birth to one another”. This yin yang dance of opposites creates a lively dialogue between positive and negative on the canvas or paper.

 

Ancient Chinese landscape painting resonates with me because it juxtaposes the Taoist approach to the natural world. For me, there is no need to thoroughly replicate an outer realism of nature. I prefer to focus on the inner movement of the natural world through my paintings.

 

In addition to the visual expression of Chinese landscape painting, I am also inspired by the simple yet evocative imagery in the “shanshui” or poetry of mountains and rivers from ancient China. Through limited words the poet is able to evoke in the reader’s imagination visions of the natural landscape. I also strive in my work to create quiet inner visual landscapes conjuring up another place and time.

 

My paintings merge an Eastern sensibility of nature perceived through a Western viewpoint. These meditative reflections on nature visually explore the simplicity of empty spaces filled with the presence of an imagined landscape.

 

Karen M. Krieger

 

 

mixed media

 

 

ink landscapes