My imagery is derived from my dreams and, meditations. Using various materials, I wish to engage the viewer so that they can physically feel the tactile surface of the work without having to touch it. Being a visual artist is satisfies a need to see my musings and meditations in a crncrete, tactile form. Some of The images here are purely meditations; the others represent my musings on the illusion of the perception of matter. We perceive our world as composed of, in large part, solid objects. However, these seemingly solid objects are actually comprised of minute unattached moving particles. My painting and drawing in these two series are my interpretation of this illusion as particle-puzzle pieces which are moving within their space and influencing the larger puzzle of space in which they are located.In the TIKKUN OLAM Series, the particles are represented by distorted geometric shapes. This series is inspired by the16th century mystic Isaac Lauria‘s version of creation:“the phrase “tikkun olam,” usually translated as repairing the world, to encapsulate the true role of humanity in the ongoing evolution and spiritualization of the cosmos. Luria taught that God created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as God poured the Light into the vessels, they catastrophically shattered, tumbling down toward the realm of matter. Thus, our world consists of countless shards of the original vessels entrapping sparks of the Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves helping God by freeing and reuniting the scattered Light, raising the sparks back to Divinity and restoring the broken world.”* http://www.innerfrontier.org/Practices/TikkunOlam.htm*TEA-BAG PAPER WEAVINGS: are transfer-drawings on polymer skins applied to woven tea-bag paper. In this series, I am employing the ancient craft of weaving to create a link with the very beginnings of civilization, connecting with all who are in this loop of our evolving culture. The woven tea bag papers unite and form a net that catches the polymer skin particles and, coalescing, forms a perceived integrated object.
Artist Bio / CV
A multi-faceted artist, Karen Feuer-Schwager currently expresses her emotions, experiences and dreams through a neo-expressionistic style. Whether working on canvas, plexiglas or Polaroid film, her work has a sensual and highly tactile quality that has evolved from techniques developed over a lifetime of making art.
Widely exhibited throughout Southern California, her artistic career began at an early age fostered by her father, a cartoonist. Moving from the studio to classroom, Karen began teaching art after graduation from Temple University in 1965. She has taught classes and provided needed instruction to various institutions as an art-therapist and working with learning disabled children.
Currently residing in Laguna Beach, California, she has lived and exhibited in New York, France and Switzerland.