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Karen Feuer-Schwager
updated: 08/05/2009
website: www.kfsartist.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Pink Flutter
Tea Bag Paper Series: Up Start
Tea Bag Paper Series: Stripped
Tikkun Olam Series: Separated By Green Thread
Tikkun Olam Series: No Title
Tripple Stipple
Tree Directions
Tripping Lightly
Tikkun Olam Series:Vessel
Orange Pop Ups
Mind Winds
Birch Bower
Mind In Meditation
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, obsessive, spiritual, pattern, repetition, collage, dreams, conceptual, gestural, meditative
 
 
Pink Flutter by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Pink Flutter
acrylic, graphite, polymer skins,ink, used tea bag paper
2008
34 " x  36 " 
Tea Bag Paper Series: Up Start by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tea Bag Paper Series: Up Start
tea bag paper, graphite, polymer skins
2007
24" x  24" 
Tea Bag Paper Series: Stripped by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tea Bag Paper Series: Stripped
Tea Bag paper, graphite, polymer skins, reflecting beads
2007
23" x  23" 
Tikkun Olam Series: Separated By Green Thread by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tikkun Olam Series: Separated By Green Thread
acrylic , colored pencil, graphite, 300 lb paper
2007
24" x  24" 
Tikkun Olam Series: No Title by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tikkun Olam Series: No Title
acrylic, graphite, ink, polymer skins, canvas
2007
30" x  30" 
Tripple Stipple by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tripple Stipple
acrylic, graphite, paper
2009
22" x  23" 
Tree Directions  by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tree Directions
acrylic, graphite, paper
2009
0" x  0" 
Tripping Lightly by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tripping Lightly
acrylic, graphite,ink paper
2009
23 " x  23 " 
Tikkun Olam Series:Vessel by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Tikkun Olam Series:Vessel
acrylic, graphite,ink paper
2008
23 " x  23 " 
Orange Pop Ups by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Orange Pop Ups
acrylic, graphite, ploymer skins, paper
2008
23" x  23" 
Mind Winds by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Mind Winds
acrylic, graphite, polymer skins, used tea bag paper
2009
36"" x  46"" 
Birch Bower by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Birch Bower
acrylic, graphite, polymer skins, used tea bag paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Mind In Meditation by Karen Feuer-Schwager
Mind In Meditation
acrylic, graphite, polymer skins, paper
2009
23'" x  23"" 

Artist Statement

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.