Nothing is ordinary in the world of artist Karina Hean; her works are deceptive in size, both colossal and small, enthralling and all encompassing. They are at once a microscopic examination and a cosmic adventure set into motion. In the work entitled, “Field Notes XIX” her use of multiple points of perspective gives the viewer the feeling that they could be taken anywhere. You’re on a rollercoaster, being pulled into a hundred different landscapes, each more incredible than the last. You are at a crossroad, amid a wilderness of color and form. The viewer need not only consider the path, but also examine the details along the way.
What is below the surface? What can be gained by examining the world in its infinite complexity? In Hean’s work entitled “Field Notes XVI” you’re presented a world just coming into focus. Immediately drawing the viewer into a tangled web of opaque and transparent surfaces, the work challenges you to perceive the artist’s vision in its entirety. Hean’s work makes you ask yourself, “What have I been missing?” In a world where everything seems to be at our fingertips, have we become out of touch with the beauty that is right in front of our eyes? Hean offers us insight into incredible realms of surface and transparency, portals into an alternative consciousness into infinite worlds of microcosms and macrocosms.
Karina says of her work: “The drawings revel in the visual pleasure of moments in the landscape and a connection with particular places. Selecting, recombining, and embellishing specimens from nature’s complexity interests me as a means to present fantastical visual metaphors for the human condition while exploring the beauty of line and value, natural forms, and land.”
Field Notes XIX, acrylic, ink, watercolor, graphite, gouache, and colored pencil with elements of collaged monotypes and etchings and Field Notes XVI -acrylic, watercolor, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and ink- can be seen at ZIA|Gallery.
By: Kevin Schnell