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Karin Schminke

Digital Atelier
Washington, USA
Sound Waves
5 - 17.5" x 17.5" parts

Artist Statement: The multiplicity of views inherent in the five-panel presentation of "Sound Waves" simultaneously draws parallels and contrasts. The rhythms and movements are a constant, while relationships and forms differ. The delicate and subtle variations resonate in discrete patterns to create five individual worlds. Yet the synergy of form and movement of the five views combined suggest a larger splendor and draw the viewer more forcefully into their grasp.

The diptych "Influence" is based upon drawings inspired by seeing bullwhipshaped kelp affect strong tidal currents at Deception Pass near Seattle. This diptych attempts to present a reflection of the human experience of nature while capturing the fleeting essence of the interaction between natural forces.

Water holds a special attraction. Who can resist spending time at a shoreline with light reflecting off the surface, form in a continual state of flux, and rhythms that lull. The hypnotizing movement of light on water and the shifting relationships of waves are the inspirations for "Sound Waves." The five square panels in the piece utilize lenticular technology to capture movement, transformation, and depth.

Viewing this work is like watching waves roll onto the beach: mesmerizing, relaxing, captivating. The shapes used are primarily abstract. It is their placement within the three-dimensional space of the lenticular print, and their relationship to other forms there, that suggest context and meaning. Bright reflections of light appear momentarily as the viewer passes by, just as wave movements create hypnotizing flashes of sunlit sparkles at the beach.

MAYNE (Diptych):
The act of creating a simple line drawing, pencil on paper, is still the most satisfying experience to me. Working digitally, I am able to enhance drawings to create a greater sense of drama. Adding form, colors, and textures opens a wide expressive vocabulary. In "Mayne," simply rendered natural forms are further abstracted through the addition of color. The use of the somber golds and browns give this diptych its iconic feel. It is meant to raise the ordinary, everyday forms into a focus for contemplation and meditation.

Experiencing nature provides a visual meditation on pattern and form that nourishes the mind and body. It provides the opportunity for contemplation of a vast array of intricate forms and an even wider assortment of complex visual relationships.

Creating a microcosm of those forms and relationships is central to much of my art. The focus of the work is the grandeur in the small, the extraordinary in the common. It delves into relationships of form and pattern rather than realism. This expressive approach to the subject matter creates art that serves as a focal point for reflection. Like nature, the work invites contemplation as viewers overlay their own experiences in the interpretation of forms that border on the abstract.

I begin with photographs and drawings of patterns and forms made on frequent hikes, road trips, and other travel. These source images focus on pattern and form rather than vista. This work is from a series, "Reflections of Flow," which was initiated by an observation of the way in which the interaction between global, universal forces and local forms create intricate and beautiful patterns.
2 - 29" x 37" parts

2 - 37" x 29" parts