Karin Waskiewicz aims to decode the physical and affective elements of a landscape into a complex color system, breaking down colors into swatches to capture the ways in which slight variations in hue and shade vibrate within the eye. She applies multiple layers of acrylic paint before carving back into the built-up surface with woodcarving tools. This process of sedimentation and erasure, covering and uncovering, transforms the layers of paint into three-dimensional woven textures. Waskiewicz views her paintings as having various facades, some existing longer than others, some never to be scene again through the carving process.
This work involves multiple layers of clandestine pattern and imagery to be later revealed through the artistic process. The Artist is currently focused on conceiving a large history of layers to later determine what resurfaces. Working in this process involves much planning, but it also leaves space for surprise, as she can never truly know what is beneath the surface. Waskiewicz feels as though she is embarking on new land, diving into the layers and bringing forward the many moments in time. She relates those layers of her paintings to moments her my life; some events in time stay with us and some remain as faint memories. Her goal is to capture not just the way a specific landscape looks and feels, but also the complex way it affects our body and resonates in our memory.
Karin Waskiewicz was born in Eerie, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Kent State University and her Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from University of Iowa. She has had solo shows at Darci Gallery, NY (2016), Levitt Gallery, Iowa City, IA (2014) and Margaret Thatcher Projects, NY (2013). She has received awards from the NARS Foundation (2015) and her work has been included in collections and exhibitions across the country. Her work was highlighted in many notable online publications, including Design Milk and Beautiful Decay. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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