statement/bio

I work in many media--though my primary medium is watercolor on paper, I also paint with acrylic and oils, do printmaking, and collage using handmade paper, found objects, Painting or print making is only the beginning of my process. Next I deconstruct my work, often stripping it and then re-constructing it.by weaving my created materials, textures, and colors into itself, into one another, and/or with found objects. My paper constructions explore color, shape, and textural relationships;. I work intuitively--I select materials based on color, shape, or texture. Each piece leads to the selection and manipulation of the next.

Recently I have begun using the ancient medium of encaustic in a variety of contemporary ways which include layering paper strips, photos, and found objects in wax, painting with hot wax in more representational ways--a diversion from my typical geometric compositions, as well as using the heatgun and unique properties of molten wax to mix and move natural and pigmented wax on wood panel-- creating organic textures and color depicting objects in nature.

Karen Tichy
Fine Arts Building Studio 701
410 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

312 714 4714

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