Artist Statement

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Survival. Resilience. Tenacity.

“The motion of art actually creates its own physics.
Visual Art in motion touches more people with a greater impact.”

~Karrie Ross

Art is my chance to stand as one with the water, liken to a leaf in a stream, not getting caught up in the rocks yet create from the flow. My artwork grows out of my fascination with observation, play, and the questions of human nature. An interest with intentional form, created from materials ranging from watercolor, acrylic, oil, collage, pen & ink, to process oriented wire, wood, etc., my multimedia paintings, and sculptures represent a never-ending exploration into daily life experiences. My art addresses the qualities needed to survive day-by-day, to feel safe, confident, resilient, aware, and to plant the “seeds” of introspection to make a difference.

I purposely inject a welcoming, playful, visual that works to help guide viewers through my work. By utilizing interesting materials, known metaphors, patterns, and symbols to create excitement, I invite viewers to join the journey into observation, discovery, and problem solving.

The year 2017 brought further exploration into my usually non-descript image of “The ONE,” meaning “the all” or “the watcher,” as a central figure in my artwork. They first appeared loosely in the 1990’s, then became a more principal figure at the end of my Spiral Series in 2012, and continued to show up through 2013 as I revisited my pen & ink with watercolor style, and evolved into the three-dimensional world of gathering, sorting, process materials in 2017. “The ONE” acts as the human element, and serves to question the existence of light, space, time, place, with purpose on applying a rationale motivation in a whole new way.

My work draws inspiration from life, nature, and the world at large. I use three-dimensional materials that create shadows and surfaces that reflect light to change perceptions as light hits my pieces and manipulates the space around them. This spatially dynamic element of my artwork references the human need to make sense of an unknown, and causes a pause for question.

Ultimately, born from play, observation, and always seeking the answers for what it is to be human, my multimedia artworks stand as multidimensional, interactive pieces with an energy all their own.

“Ross’ art work is about the pursuit of answerable questions. She lives for them, and frames a life through the use of questions, rules and parameters.”  ~Robert S., reviewer

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 Artist Statement Poem


“I play. There is fun to be found in everything you do. Develop a pattern of creating play that will stay with you always.”

I loved to hang out with my dad in the garage while he was working, welding, building. He’d give me a can of rusted screws, nuts, bolts and nails, a small wire brush and some turpentine…and tell me to “…take the rust off so they could be used again.” I was only 7 years old so I had no idea they would not. But hey, I got to “help” my dad, and time just slipped away as he told me stories while “we” worked. This time became play.

When I wasn’t derusting hardware, I was rummaging though my dads SciFi book collection, some dating back to the 1914’s. Full editions of Amazing or Astounding and many others all stuffed in barrels, which back in the 1950’s was how belongings were sometimes packed for shipping. Many of the books were already being displayed on the narrow shelves that lined the garage positioned between the studs. Each shelf “just” the right height for a specific set. My job became organizing the books by series and height. I loved looking at the cover illustrations and reading the strange headlines. Again, this was play.

Soon, the days were filled with play, even my daily chores! As my sister and I did the dishes we studied with flash cards, each displaying a 10 digit number. The dryer would hold the card for the washer to memorize and then recite what they remembered. To this day numbers stay with me, the action of remembering them is play.

Without realizing it, play had become a part of my life through the action of doing something other than making mud pies, following ants, or braiding weed crowns. Play was that magical time where the wonders-of-another-world were presented to me in a very easy-to-absorb way with stories attached to the action I was doing. I was taught to play games like chess, and cribbage, that encouraged critical thinking…all play.

A pattern of play was introduced to me when I was very young. I bring this sense of play into my artwork with the expectation that those who see it will join in the playfulness.

If you can create an energy, a perspective of play, in what you do, you will never be bored, always find the joy of life, and be eager to share the “it” you find with others you meet. My son likes to play.

 

Video of process from 2013 beginning of the Metaphorical series.

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