"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.