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Kara Maria
updated: 04/25/2014
website: www.karamaria.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Lust (after Ensor)
Sloth (after Ensor)
Gluttony (after Ensor)
Obamanos
I-5
Howl
B-B-Q
Lake Boat
Great Wall
Coco Loco
Duck Duck
Catch
Palette Painting #10
Palette Painting #72
Palette Painting #74
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, process, figurative, memory, political
 
 
Lust (after Ensor) by Kara Maria
Lust (after Ensor)
ink and watercolor on paper
2013
10.5" x  14.5" 
Sloth (after Ensor) by Kara Maria
Sloth (after Ensor)
ink and watercolor on paper
2013
10.5" x  14.5" 
Gluttony (after Ensor) by Kara Maria
Gluttony (after Ensor)
ink and watercolor on paper
2012
10.5" x  14.5" 
Obamanos by Kara Maria
Obamanos
ink and watercolor on paper
2012
8" x  8" 
I-5 by Kara Maria
I-5
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
11" x  8.5" 
Howl by Kara Maria
Howl
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
8.5" x  11" 
B-B-Q by Kara Maria
B-B-Q
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
5.5" x  4.25" 
Lake Boat by Kara Maria
Lake Boat
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
6" x  4" 
Great Wall by Kara Maria
Great Wall
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
6" x  4" 
Coco Loco by Kara Maria
Coco Loco
graphite on hotel stationary
2012
6" x  4" 
Duck Duck by Kara Maria
Duck Duck
acrylic on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
Catch by Kara Maria
Catch
acrylic on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
Palette Painting #10 by Kara Maria
Palette Painting #10
acrylic on paper
2010
4.5" x  3" 
Palette Painting #72 by Kara Maria
Palette Painting #72
acrylic on paper
2010
4.5" x  3" 
Palette Painting #74 by Kara Maria
Palette Painting #74
acrylic on paper
2010
4.5 " x  3 " 

Artist Statement

 

"Lust (after Ensor)", "Sloth (after Ensor)" and "Gluttony (after Ensor)" are based on prints of the same titles by James Ensor included in his Seven Deadly Sins series.

"Obamanos" was created as a temporary tatttoo design just after Obama was re-elected in 2012.

The hotel stationary drawings all use images based on photographs I took during my travels. The pictures do not match the locations of the hotels printed on the paper. This reminds me of how different trips and events in our lives tend to blur together over time. 

The Palette Paintings represent an embrace of chance and indeterminacy in my artwork, inspired in part by the work of the 20th century composer John Cage. Each small work on paper is a detail taken arbitrarily from a larger environment. What begins as accidental is made purposeful through the process of selection. Stray marks, brushstrokes, and splotches of paint are grouped together to reveal miniature compositions that adhere to their own internal logic and structure.

 

Artist Bio / CV

American, Born 1968, Binghamton, New York / Lives in San Francisco, California

After beginning college at a music conservatory on the East Coast, transferring through a few different schools, and spending a year studying and traveling in Europe, Kara Maria moved to San Francisco in 1990 to attend the University of California, Berkeley. There she earned a BA in Art Practice in 1993, followed by an MFA in 1998. Maria is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; and has taught at other Bay Area universities and colleges as well. 

Maria’s work can be found in public collections including the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; the di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; the de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA among others. She has been the recipient of awards such as a Masterminds Grant from the SF Weekly, San Francisco, CA; a grant from Artadia, New York, NY; and an Eisner Prize from the University of California, Berkeley. She is represented by the Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Her prints have been published by presses including Gallery 16, San Francisco; Shark’s Ink, Lyons, CO; and Smith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CA. For more information please visit www.karamaria.com.