Karen Davidson - Watercolorist and Pper Sculptor
Watercolorist and Paper Sculpture
For over 25 years Karen Davidson
has been fascinated by images created on handformed (handcast) and
sculpted paper.She draws, paints and collages on her handmade paper.
Ms. Davidson has thoroughly explored the history and art of papermaking.
Most of her present day inspiration comes from Polynesia and Hawaii,
where she has made her home since 1988. However, equally present in her
work are the images of the places she has visited; Europe, Asia,
Australia, Indonesia and Africa.
The artist uses 100% ph neutral cotton and other natural fibers. The
paper pulp undergoes many transformations, but in the end it becomes the
substrate for Karen's hand-formed sculptured art. Vacumnformed and hand-embossed, the fiber
becomes a bas-relief or freestanding three-dimensional sculpture.
The grounds used by Ms. Davidson are claybodies and pigments (like lapis
azula, colored clay gessos, etc.). The are applied to the top surface
of the work.
The images shown above are abstractions that
depict the unique countryside of Maui; the combination of water, lava rock, towering Norfolk Pine
trees and the famed low-hanging clouds of Hana. "Kauiki" is the name of the hill overlooking
the Hotel Hana-Maui, while "Maka'alae" is just up-the-road a bit.
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Archetectural Oriented Work
During a recent renovation of the public areas of the Hotel Hana-Maui, artist Karen Davidson was selected to create site specific pieces for both the Lobby and Dining Room areas. Shown above and below are two of these cast paper creations, made up of several elements of various sizes. Prices and sizes vary for each unique piece and run anywhere from $400 to $1500 for each element.
Being a classically trained artist, paper offers her so many
possibilities of experimentation. No matter what form the images result
in, watercolor, acrylic, collage or sculpture, each piece is absolutely
Ms. Davidson's formal studies include a stint in Italy, using her art
conservation training to assist in reclaiming damaged museum works of
art in Florence and in small regional museums throughout Italy.
Karen Davidson, is one of the most respected fiber artists in America.
She is also one of Hana's resident artists, and is active as both a
teacher and a Founder of Hana Arts, a creative space for Hana's
children and adults who are young-at-heart.
Karen Davidson is in
both private and corporate collections throughout the United States,
Europe, and Asia.
availability of the art work shown on this page
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