Mezzanine Center Gallery
May 4 – 29, 2011
Karen Ferrer was born in Portland, Oregon and raised on a farm in the Willamette Valley. The time she spent working on the farm was important in shaping her feelings about the humanly ordered world and the natural world. She came to Texas via Louisiana and Heidelberg, Germany and started her family along the way. After taking art lessons nearly twenty years ago, she found the experience of creating art addictive. She later took art history and design classes at the University of Texas at Arlington and since that time, art making has become a permanent part of her life. In addition to making art, Karen plays the recorder with the Rio Brazos ensemble and in 2010, helped to host ONI, a mandolin orchestra from the Netherlands, on a short concert tour of Arkansas and North Texas.
She says of her art:
“ My work arises out of the joy of looking. My eyes are dazzled by the ever shifting patterns and colors of the leaves on trees and the waving grasses as they sway in the wind. I am mesmerized by the shapes within shapes and the many shifting shades of gray that I find in cloud formations. After a rain, I can see on my windshield a mass of shapes and wavy lines of dust. Nature is full of similar irregular shapes and they fascinate me. These constantly shifting shapes seem random yet they create a visual logic of their own.”
“When I create a shape, I have some idea about where I want it to be. I then put my brush or pen to the paper or canvas and move my hand, guided by where I want the shape to be, but not completely controlled. In my work, I recreate these irregular shapes and lines and use them to my own aesthetic ends. I combine and recombine elements in ways that are pleasing to me. In all of my work are elements of both chance and careful planning, often in tension with each other. I order them in my own way. And I play with color simply because I enjoy it.”