Dorothy Simpson Krause’ “Detail” is a 23.5 by 23.5 inch mixed metal assemblage with a flatbed print on metal. The flatbed printer enables the artist to print the image continuously across the entire prepared support: copper nailed to the background, and the silver metal frame. In one of her most abstracted works from this series, the artist uses recycled copper and metal as a support for an abstracted print. The construction of the assemblage alludes to architecture, while the dark umber of the metal at the center of the piece reads like a window into a shadowy space beyond. Krause explores the tension between figuration and abstraction through both her subject matter and her process. The image references both the idea of passage and the barrier that prevents us from coming and going at will.
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 featured in numerous current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.
Flatbed printers were originally designed for large billboards and signage. They used UV cured inks that 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. Krause has printed on polycarbonate, Plexiglas, aluminum, steel, tin, lead, wood, textured surfaces, old patinaed copper and various combinations. Because the ink can transition over differing materials and sits on the surface of the substrate, it has a tactile quality resembling a serigraph.
Signature: Signed lower right
Image rights: Copyright Dorothy Simpson Krause 2018
About Dorothy Simpson Krause