Dorothy Simpson Krause’ “Humayun” is a 23.5 by 23.5 inch framed flatbed print on glass with mixed media. A monochromatic palette of whites graduating through pale to dark grays underlines the graphic qualities of an ancient wood door. Doorways and passages intrigue the artist with their wealth of symbolic possibilities. 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. In addition to polycarbonate, Krause has printed on 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.
Image rights: Copyright Dorothy Simpson Krause 2018
About Dorothy Simpson Krause