Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11AM–1PM
Location: The Mills at 545 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket, RI ~ Studio B202
This Modern Salon has Karen opening her big, messy studio to ALRI members and their guests for an inspiring studio tour social. You can expect lively discussion about studio practice and problems, questions and concerns, and much more. This studio tour is all about sharing. So, be sure to share your own stories relative to your art and art practice (including successes and struggles) while sipping refreshments, munching snacks and looking at decades of Karen’s work!
“Energetic, intuitive mark-making and an emotional, process-driven approach to painting characterize my recent work. Over decades, a close relationship with the natural world and an affinity for landscape have consistently informed my art practice, whether the work is two or three dimensional, figurative or abstract. These recent paintings are energetically rendered studies that reflect my emotional connection to beauty and place. Working in a consciously-unconscious manner and playing with a bold palette, my intention with this work is to visually ignite poetic memory, question, and mystery for the viewer.”
Providence-based artist Karen Rand Anderson graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed-media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College graduate degree program in Johnson, VT.
Anderson’s deep involvement with visual art has spanned many different mediums, including glass, ceramics, painting, and sculptural work with natural and found materials. Influenced by a connection with the natural world and a personal inquiry into mystery, she continues to explore multiple creative processes. As a painter, Karen’s recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape moving forward into abstraction, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. Her sculptural work utilizes natural materials combined with appropriated objects; large-format drawings often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually. Her work has won numerous awards and is shown in solo, invitational and juried shows throughout New England, as well as further afield. She has completed artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Artists Enclave (CT) and in Bulgaria, and was recently awarded a 2018 artist residency in Orquevaux, France.