Karen Adrienne is the owner and director of Artdogs Studios and Circling the Square Fine Art Press. She is also Professor of Art at the University of Maine at Augusta where she teaches drawing and printmaking.
Karen is a multidisciplinary artist who investigates transition and transformation. The works often imply or implement motion and alteration from one state to another and reflect her questions, struggles and moments of understanding.
She has received numerous grants, awards and artist residencies, which have promoted and fostered her work. Some of these awards have taken her to India, Indonesia, Mexico and Europe. They have been a rich source of inspiration for her work.
“My ongoing relationship with nature flattens out into planes of color, mark and movement. An underlying structure holds my delicate emotional attachment to a piece of sky, water, night or moment of transformation. As marks and layers color, value, pattern and light accrue, I re-experience the vision and emotional connection to nature. It’s about chance, and the urge to capture a moment and the vision of that experience.
My prints are conceptually and physically embedded in reciprocity. They are built by the mutual relationship of concealing and revealing, plan and chance. As I investigate properties of nature with marks and inky flats of color, I also explore properties of paper and metal by folding or embossing by hand or with the pressure of the press. These layers are built upon until I have captured a momentary balance of chance with a fugitive experience of nature.”