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Artist / Personal Statement
The surface is the beginning of depth.
I have always been fascinated by windows, especially at night. Shop windows, picture windows, the panes next to the fireplace in my childhood home. I look at the layered reflections and distortions and remember that what we see is more, and at the same time less, than what is. I’ve also come to view time as something that moves down or up through superimposed layers of experience, perception, and memory, not sequentially along a line. My experience, like my artworks, moves back and forth through these layers.
I’m drawn to mystery, and comfortable with ambiguity. Not mystery in the sense of whodunits, riddles to be solved or knowledge yet to be uncovered, though I’m interested in those too, but the vast realm of the unknowable, of what is revealed yet hidden.
For me art can break through the surfaces of our day-to-day reality and reveal, even as it deepens, Mystery.
Accomplishments / CV
KAREN GJELTEN STONE
Fort Worth, Texas and Deer River, Minnesota
Web: www.karenstoneart.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: Master of Fine Arts, Arizona State University, 1977
Professional History: I am joyfully a full-time artist. From 1976 through 2008, by day I served as art educator, gallery director, and/or curriculum writer in colleges, universities, and public schools. During three separate academic years between 1985 and 2000, I was a Visiting Fellow at Westcott House and Wesley House, Cambridge University.
Professional Activities: I have presented many lectures and workshops in seminary and chaplain training settings as well as professional conferences (AAR, AAPC), in the United States and also South Africa, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Mexico, on topics such as Spiritual Imagery in Contemporary Art and Finding Meaning in Art.
My book, Image & Spirit: Finding Meaning in Visual Art, was published by Augsburg Books in 2003.
Chapters and articles include the following:
“The River Flowing Beneath The Words,” in Reflections on Friendship and the Spiritual Journey, Andrew Weaver and Donald Messer, eds., Pilgrim Press, 2006.
“Underneath are the Everlasting Arms,” in Reflections on Grief and Spiritual Growth,Andrew Weaver and Howard Stone, eds., Abindgon, 2004.
“Three Images for Christmas,” The Lutheran (December 2003), 14-19.
“God’s Descending Spirit,” The Lutheran (June 2004), 14-17.
Exhibitions and Collections
I have participated in over 60 group and solo exhibitions at museums, galleries, churches, and public spaces, and my artworks appear in over 50 private and public collections.
Thank you for your kind words. I am particularly taken by richness and layered complexity of your work. Like you, I am interested in windows and reflections and the truth that can be found in the in-between places where the layers intersect.