Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"

Hello. My name is Karen Breunig. I am a Colorado artist and I have a piece in this show here at the Arvada Center. And my piece is called “Red Dress #2. And it’s quite a large piece, about , I think, it’s about 45, 46 by 60 inches And I did it in February of this year. It’s a piece that has really, kind of shifted the way that I’ve been working. It’s a work that’s done on a kind of paper called Yupo. Y-U-P-O. And yupo is a synthetic paper made with polypropylene so it basically comes from the oil and gas industry. It’s manufactured in Japan and it’s a paper that is non-absorbent and it resists stains. So it’s a very interesting paper to work with when you’re working in the different mediums I work in. This drawing is both charcoal, acrylic paint, graphite pencil, pigment sticks and oil paint. It’s a combination of all those things. And it kind of represents a breakthrough for me and some of the reasons it’s a breakthrough is because the yupo, because of its quality, it’s nonabsorbent quality, allowed me to work in a way where I could quickly wipe off the images I had put down and redo them as quickly as I wanted to. And it also allowed me to achieve a bit of transparency which was something I felt like I had been searching for. I wanted this piece to express some kind of transparency, some kind of, for lack of a better word, maybe an otherworldliness. I wanted it to not have the solidity of the works that I have done previous to this. So the yupo was really the perfect substrate for me to work on. And I did a lot of wiping out, a lot of allowing just the white of the paper to show through and I worked in short, choppy strokes which was also a new thing to me, to work that way. But I found that I got the intensity of the color I wanted by laying down smaller pieces of paint or of pigment sticks or of charcoal. And I really felt like I had been doing works related to this theme of the Red Dress for a year at least and I hadn’t gotten to a place where I felt like I was getting what I wanted. And I wasn’t even sure what I wanted. But when I did this piece I felt like I was closer to what I wanted. 

And I have continued to work like this since that time. And the yupo has really helped me to be able to move forward in that way. Thank you.

Big Draw Colorado
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  2. Kevin Baer - "Drawing Ritual"
  3. Tree Bernstein - "Buckthorn Near & Far" and "Strawflower Stars"
  4. Tonia Bonnell - "In the Explosion – Rise"
  5. Mark Brasuell - "Tiefschlaf (Deep Sleep)"
  6. Mindy Bray - "Structure #2"
  7. Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"
  8. Andi Burnum - "Sketchbook 13 Page 37"
  9. Jack Cackovic - "Font Family: Graffiti"
  10. Al Canner - "Mid-Century Modern Pictograph"
  11. Julie Chen - "Red Rocks"
  12. Diane Cionni - "Rhizome Atlas I"
  13. Sue Crosby Doyle - "Scroll"
  14. Benjy Davies - "Selections from the Daily Drawings Project"
  15. Mark Evans - "The Path to Weightless #3" and "The Path to Weightless #1"
  16. Anne Feller - "Grasping"
  17. Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"
  18. Judy Gardner - "I'm a Fan"
  19. Brittany Hass - "Spider Maple Leaf"
  20. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"
  21. Dan Levinson - "Story of A Giant"
  22. Charles Livingston - "Body Motion Drawings"
  23. Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"
  24. Jonathan Nicklow - "Rearranging The Hungry Eye"
  25. Phillip Potter - "Transitory Formation of Mental Objects #3"
  26. Mike Richens - "Late Afternoon Thoughts On Degas"
  27. Pam Rogers - "Ten Mile Range"
  28. Gregory Santos - "Kimberly (light green)"
  29. Bala Thiagarajan - "Kolam Floor Drawing"
  30. Chloe Wilwerding - "Street View. Home View. Heart View. II"