Dorothy Simpson Krause' "Bars" is a 24 by 24 inch mixed media print on salvaged copper and wood. Warm golden light glows through an arched, barred gateway, contrasting with the cool, silver grey wall. The image is printed continuously across the wood background and the texture of the recycled copper, heightening the compositional tension between surface and depth. Thresholds, whether open or barred, figure frequently in Krause' more conceptual work. She plumbs the concepts of passages: passing time, safe passage, passing over from the physical world into the spiritual realm.
Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. She is deeply inspired by nature, travel, and innovative art making processes. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums, and is featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and is a member of Digital Atelier (registered trademark), an artists collaborative. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and is a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.
Flatbed printers were originally designed for commercial applications: large billboards and signage. They use UV cured inks which are impervious to damage. The ink heads can be raised to allow prints to be made on a wide range of materials, some up to six inches in thickness. A pioneer in using this process in fine art, Krause has printed on polycarbonate, Plexiglas, aluminum, steel, tin, lead, wood, textured surfaces, recycled patinaed copper and various combinations these materials. Because these inks can transition over differing materials and sit on the surface of the substrate, the resulting print has a tactile quality resembling a serigraph.
Signature: Signed lower right
Image rights: Copyright Dorothy Simpson Krause 2018
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