Dorothy Simpson Krause’ “Lighting the Way” is a 18 x 13 inch digital collage on paper in a 21.5 x 28.75 inch black wood frame. A dramatic chiaroscuro between inky black, decoratively textured black and the brilliant golden yellow of the candle and flame, an old woman’s face, half in shadow and half illuminated, gazes out of the frame. The small image of a young woman in profile looks toward the old woman, creating a triangle of gazing completed by the viewer. Here the woman symbolizes wisdom and experience, lighting the way for the younger generation.
Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker with long experience of incorporating 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.
'Papiers collés' or collage was first used as an artist's technique in the early twentieth century to generate a kind of abstraction. Digital collage allows the artist to appropriate or reuse images in original compositions, thereby creating new meanings.
Signature: Signed lower right
Image rights: Copyright Dorothy Simpson Krause 2018
About Dorothy Simpson Krause