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ARTIST STATEMENT

Karen Thomson is a landscape and figure painter who works in oil on wood panels and canvases that are covered with a layer of beeswax and resin. This layering of materials allows her a continual process of reworking the surface: the paint and wax are scraped or scratched away and then repainted. The resulting images are textured and find their equivalents in nature such as moss, skin, fabric, bark, and mist. Karen also works with oil on superimposed layers of paper and mylar in order to achieve atmospheric effects in nature.

This layering of materials and reworking of the surface tends to leave a history of the painting itself while often evoking a sense of time passing or memory. Aside from landscape inspired largely by Lake MacDonald, Qc., an area the artist knows well and loves, Karen has begun to paint single figures in motion. Three new paintings are based on images by Eliane Excoffier, a Montreal-based photographer.

Be it through a single figure or a landscape, often the goal of Thomsonís art is to express the purity and elusiveness of the feeling of a place or a movement, partly through the exclusion of imagery that directs oneís attention to the here and now: figures are usually seen from the back or side, landscapes do not contain houses or people.

 
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