Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I recently completed 9 paintings for a show I named 'Lolita'. The idea behind it was to explore the idea of youth and sexuality. The show is up at Shisomiso Boutique & Gallery until the end of June.
lolita / [loh-lee-tuh] noun
1. a novel (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov.
3. Also, Lo·le·ta. a female given name, form of Charlotte or Dolores.
nymphet / [nim-fet] noun
1. a young nymph.
2. a sexually attractive young girl.
3. a sexually precocious girl or young woman.
nym·phet (nĭm-fět', nĭm'fĭt)
4. A pubescent girl regarded as sexually desirable.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:02 PM
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
A while back I came across these great vintage flour sacks, they look like misprints, but I'm not totally sure. From what I understand, people would buy their flour and it would be packaged in these large textile bags. They would soak the paper label off of them, (they come off quite easily with a bit of moisture), then they would be transformed into skirts, dresses, pillowcases, curtains, etc. What a great way to recycle! And we thought we had it all figured out in terms of 'green living'. I'm not sure how old these are, but wherever they were stored, they were kept in good condition. I have many different brands of flour, along with a variety of colors and border patterns. Score!
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:07 PM
Thursday, June 03, 2010
The pieces were very large, and because of that I created all the individual elements with traditional media, then scanned and assembled in Photoshop. The file sizes were huge, and my computer got very bogged down and I swear I saw smoke at one point. Here are a few shots of what the individual pieces looked like before scanning, all work done with mixed media on paper.
Posted by Karen Klassen at 3:08 PM