Dorothy Simpson Krause, ‘Shuttered’, 2005, 571 Projects
Dorothy Simpson Krause, ‘Shuttered’, 2005, 571 Projects
Dorothy Simpson Krause, ‘Shuttered’, 2005, 571 Projects

Dorothy Simpson Krause’ “Shuttered” 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 of a patterned wall and a dark shuttered window continuously across the entire support including the frame. The bright brushed aluminum background contrasts with the patinaed copper at the center of the piece on which is printed a set of heavy, dark wood shutters. Deep earthy copper tones against the bright silver metal recede away from the viewer, lending strong dimensionality. Pale architectural elements define the flatness of the wall around the window. 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.

Series: Passages

Signature: Signed lower right

Image rights: Copyright Dorothy Simpson Krause 2018

About Dorothy Simpson Krause

American

Solo Shows

2017
571 Projects, 
Stowe, VT, USA,
Dorothy Simpson Krause: A Matter of Time
2016
571 Projects, 
Stowe, VT, USA,
Dorothy Simpson Krause: Golden Days
2016
Jaffe Center for Book Arts, 
Boca Raton, FL, USA,
Dorothy Simpson Krause: Book + Art
2014
Fuller Craft Museum, 
Brockton, MA, USA,
Dorothy Simpson Krause: Book + Art
2013
571 Projects, 
New York, NY, United States,
Dorothy Simpson Krause: River of Grass & Sheetflow Songs