Friday, June 28, 2013

conscious darkness.

karen gunderson


karen gunderson


karen gunderson


karen gunderson



"one does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious."- carl jung

what snares me most about these works from artist karen gunderson, aside from their subject matter of the night sky and the sea, is that they are entirely composed in black paint. it is the way this paint is built up & physically manipulated by the artist, that creates the composition; light hits the physical dimensions of the paint, giving form and life to something that would otherwise be a bleak void.

 lately, as evidenced in recent posts, i've been wrestling with this balance between my naturally dark state and the brilliant light i have been letting into my life.
these paintings feel like talismans to me, maybe you will like them too. 

1 comments:

Chris Brinkley said...

Just found Blood Milk through a Facebook post on the Horrific Finds page, and through there, this blog.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your wonderful jewelry, but at this particular moment, I'm most thankful for this post on paintings entirely composed of black paint. I am going to buy these, they fit my worldview so perfectly I just have to have a piece of this wonderfulness to stare at every day!