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KAREN LUKE

KAREN LUKE

'Kills All The Dreaming' Oil on Linen 30 x 24 2009 ------ My works, at times surreal, are referenced from my travels, experiences, and dreams. My painting process is inspired by people’s histories, memories, and experiences. Events are obliterated from our memory, or only glimpses are remembered. We are continually recording layers of history and occasionally we can “bump” into those past memories or ghosts. To create the transitory figures and impressions of the world we live in, I use transparent, sometimes drippy, and opaquely applied multi-textured layers of paint. Paint is scraped, added back opaquely, carved back into, until the desired effect is achieved. The surface is saturated with layers, collaged with texture or manipulated with surface tension. A low saturation, muted palette or limited color best supports the mysterious mood I’m after. I feel this approach begins to best mimic our human experiences.