We have some exciting news! Want to see some superfine artwork created by our head honcho, Karen Sawyer? You can! She will be showing her (paper) goods for June First Friday in downtown Manette. We asked her to get a little philosophical about her work and provide us an insider's look into her artistic sensibilities.
Five years have passed since I've presented any work at an art opening. I used be part of that scene monthly between local shops in Portland and being a member of a combined studio, Magnetic North.
However after a series of difficult life events and moving back to Bremerton, my desire to make was sapped. Work-wise, I felt stagnet and didn't produce anything for almost three years. Life makes funny turns though and when I found out I was pregnant my situation completely changed. Among other radical shifts, I quit a job that had me commuting six hours a day and started to focus on what I actually wanted. What I actually wanted was to print!
Fast forward a few years and many diapers later, I am finally showcasing my work again. It's refreshing to re-introduce myself to what feels like an old friend; something familiar, yet totally new for this stage of life.
Out of fourteen prints created for the show, half are reduction blocks; meaning that in creating the print, the block they are made from is destroyed. Once I'm finished with the piece, that is that. There's no going back or worrying over little details. It is what it is and if I see something I'd like to do differently, I'll need to try it on an entirely new work.
While the the show has themes of nature and the Puget Sound, my feelings on this work hinge more on their process than content. Make something, work hard on it. When it is finished, let it be. Keep making. Not everything is perfect and I can be at peace with that.
Pacific Northwest Wonderland will be showing at The Weekender from today, June 2nd - Thursday, June 8th. Opening reception is from 5pm to 8pm, hope to see you there!