2015 Season IV & 2016 Season I

 

Artist Statement

Karen Anevy works in the media of painting, drawing and installations. In her practice she explores the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site, through expanding the boundaries of painting and drawing into a new form such as installation. Her paintings and installations combine charged imagery which consequently loses their loaded context, transforming into a visual, abstracted experience.

The images she is concerned with are familiar, fretted and yet charged. They are usually composed from a model with an inherent regularity and pattern, such as: kaffiyah, tiger, diamond, as well as eastern and western architecture elements, and nature. She transforms and deforms these models, creates new images that recall a little of their former selves. Anevy wishes to reach the point where these images become a universal form, lose their political and social context and turn into a visual experience. These images are the basis for her large-scale site specific installations.

Anevy's works attempts to walk the border between political art and escapism, and wish to suggest a space between them. This is the space in which the viewer can confront the actual political questions side by side with esthetic-art questions that have to do with the history of Art.

In Anevy's creative process, she handles the images she chooses and presents them on the boundary between concrete and abstract. Dissembling and reassembling these parts creates a new associative sensation. Her involvement with charged images reflected in her works as an allusive boundaries between the political and artistic, the visible and concealed, or the covered and revealed. She is interested in questions relating to the shape of an image and the ability of painting, as a language, to create a new image from her previous drawings and paintings, which goes awry through various techniques and materials: such as oil paintings, ink drawings, cutouts, print and more.