Karen Phipps

Untitled (#2)
oil & crayon on canvas
38 x 30 in.

One can become quite lost in and entranced by a web of crayoned lines and its minute variegations, but one still always knows that he or she is looking at crayon on canvas. I still always know that I am dragging a crayon across canvas.

A painting is a search. It is never the illustration of a pre-conceived concept, or the documentation of a series of well-reasoned ideas. Instead it contrasts the expansive with the particular. It is a search both to understand and to portray the convergence of the infinite and the mundane, the vast and the intricate, elsewhere and here.

The painting is meant to be a spiritual, meditative conduit that frankly acknowledges the limitations inherent in its ambition.

© Karen Phipps