Thursday, November 27, 2008

Karen Purple - Terre Verte

Karen Purple has built up a personal archive of materials found on hers walks in the Oxfordshire countryside from which she frequently extracts materials with which to conduct her experiments with natural colours.
In her exhibition, Terre Verte, is an impression of her studio with neatly tied bundles of her samples of natural pigments on linen, canvas, cotton and wool fabrics. Alongside these are jars of the ground pigments and samples of what they are ground from, such as Crab Apple on linen shown above left.
Her pictures and their titles, such as 'Of Oak and Iron' and 'Shadow Parcels' (right), evoke the moods of nature and are built up of many subtle layers which deserve time to observe their hidden relationships.

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