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Karin Mori
updated: 12/05/2013
website: www.karinmori.co.uk
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Magnetic Tide
Pink Palm
Ko'olau Opera 2
Unknown Girl
Kilauea 2
Leaping Place 4
Leaping Place 3
Seedling
Invisible Girl
Vesuvius
The World Her Oyster
Bicycle
Bicycle 2
Green Kahili
Pearl
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, anatomy, dreams
 
 
Magnetic Tide by Karin Mori
Magnetic Tide
mixed media on paper
2013
24" x  32" 
Pink Palm by Karin Mori
Pink Palm
graphite, ink, gouache on paper
2013
24 " x  32 " 
Ko'olau Opera 2 by Karin Mori
Ko'olau Opera 2
mixed media on paper
2012
21.5 " x  22 " 
Unknown Girl by Karin Mori
Unknown Girl
mixed media
2012
32" x  24" 
Kilauea 2 by Karin Mori
Kilauea 2
mixed media
2009
30" x  22" 
Leaping Place 4 by Karin Mori
Leaping Place 4
mixed media
2012
30 " x  22 " 
Leaping Place 3 by Karin Mori
Leaping Place 3
mixed media
2011
30 " x  22 " 
Seedling by Karin Mori
Seedling
color pencil, gouache, graphite, ink on paper
2010
30 " x  22 " 
Invisible Girl by Karin Mori
Invisible Girl
mixed media
2011
15 " x  15 " 
Vesuvius by Karin Mori
Vesuvius
mixed media
2011
30 " x  22 " 
The World Her Oyster by Karin Mori
The World Her Oyster
mixed media
2011
16" x  16" 
Bicycle by Karin Mori
Bicycle
mixed media
2012
32" x  22" 
Bicycle 2 by Karin Mori
Bicycle 2
mixed media
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Green Kahili by Karin Mori
Green Kahili
gouache, color pencil, spray paint, graphite
2013
22" x  22" 
Pearl by Karin Mori
Pearl
pencil, gouache, pastel on paper
2013
27" x  28" 

Artist Statement

The mixed media drawings serve as portals to an interior landscape; a place where memory and imagination mingle and proliferate. The merging of botanical and anatomical forms creates abstract hybrids and intuitive juxtapositions. I draw upon motifs of personal significance, most notably from the landscape, artefacts and memories I associate with the Hawaiian Islands, my birthplace. More recently I have been incorporating images of real and conjured figures. Traces of ancestors, archetypes and alter egos are rediscovered within objects, documents, stories and photographs, and I fill in any gaps with my imagination. 

Although the works are seeded with figurative references, the images evolve over time through a process of building onto and reworking the compositions. The accumulation of marks and pigment creates a layered image that represents a distillation of many thoughts, decisions and actions over time. The original forms continue to exert a subliminal presence from within the work, seeping up to the surface and leaving traces throughout the finished piece. 

The immense flexibility of my working process, and the nuance and detail achievable through simple materials are central aspects of the work. Tone, gesture and quality of mark are guiding factors in its development. The use of colour and collage introduces other sensory dimensions, and I often select a particular pigment or material because it triggers a chain of associations that move the meaning forward.  

 

 

Artist Bio / CV
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Attended University of Hawaii, University of California at Santa Cruz and The University of Iowa (MA, MFA in painting, 1989). Moved to England in 1989 and currently resides in Brighton, East Sussex. Recent exhibitions include Reunion, Rochester Gallery, Kent, 2006 (two-person) and Draw: Recent Work by Hal Lum and Karin Mori, The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, 2005.