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karen feuer-schwager

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OVERLAP: TWO CONES Projection Back Drop for Performance
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JACKET, 2015 POLYMER SKINS, GRAPHITE, PLEXIGLAS IRREGULAR
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UNATTENDED, 2015 MIXED WITH POLYMEER SKINS 14X16X29
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Little Girls Dress: April Rain, 2015 Polymer Skin, Paper, Graphite 30" X 30" X 2" Inches
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Little Girls Dress:AUTUMN, 2015 Polymer Skin,, Graphite 30 X30 IRREGULAR
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Little Girls Dress:SUMMER, 2015 Polymer Skin, , Graphite 30" X 3O" X 2" Inches
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CASUAL ABANDON, 2015 MIXED MEDIA WITH POLYMER SKINS 28X24X2
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FOLDED WINGS, 2014 POLYER SKINS,GRAPHITE, PLEXIGLAS
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SHAPE SHIFT REVISED, 2012 MIXED MEDIA on USED TEA BAG PAPER 7'X14"X4"
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Shawl, 2012 Polymer Skins, Graphite, Plastic Hangers Irregular (18x46")
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KNOT INSPIRATION, 2013 MIXED MEDIA WITH USED TEA BAGS 50"X16"X6"
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BLOWING POPPY, 2010 TEA BAG PAPER, POLYMER SKINS, GRAPHITE 43X45 APPROX
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CURTAIN, 2009 MM on UP-CYCLED TEA BAG PAPER VARIBLE
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MIND WIND, 2009 MM, POLYMER SKINS, UP-CYCLED TEA BAG PAPER
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UNTITLED, 2008 MM With Polymer Skins and Upcycled Tea Bag Paper 42x42
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quiet shadow reflections, 2011 Mixed Media on Used Tea Bag Paper
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BIRCH BOWER, 2011 TEA BAG PAPER, GRAPHITE, POLYMER SKINS
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SPLASH, 2012 ACRYLIC on PAPER 30X45"
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MEADOW MELODY, 2011 ACRYLIC on PAPER 7 1/2X45"
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SUNSET RIPPLE, 2010 ACRYLIC, #300 RAG PAPER APPROX 23X25
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HIGH ABOVE THE SUNSET, 2010 ACRYLIC, GRAPHITE on #300 RAG PAPER 23X23
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RAIN ON GREEN POND, 2010 ACRYLIC on #300 RAG PAPER 23X23
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TRIPPLE DIPPLE, 2009 MM on 3300 RAG 23X23
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TIKKUN OLAM SERIES: VESSEL, 2008 MMON #300RAG PAPER 23X23
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TRIPPING LIGHTLY, 2009 MM ON#300 RAG PAPER 23X23
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MIND IN MEDITATION, 2009 MM on #300 RAG PAPER 23X23
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LOOPY, 2008 MM With Polymer Skins and Up-cycled Tea Bag Paper 23x23
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UNTITLED, 2012 ACRYLIC SKINS on FOIL 9X9"
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BEACH BALL, 2012 ACRYLIC SKINS on FOIL
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UNTITLED, 2012 ACRYLIC SKINS, LUCITE RODS on FOIL 9X9"
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PORTRAIT OF DESIREE, 2012 ACRYLIC SKINS on FOIL 9X9"
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1942
Lives in
laguna beach ca
Works in
Laguna
Schools
Tyler School of Art (Temple university)PHILA,PA
DON STACY/STACY STUDIO, NY,NY, 1966
CENTRE DE GRAVURE, GENEVA SWITZ, 1965, BFA
Representing galleries
LAGUNA ART MUSEUM SHOP, LAGUNA BEACH, CA, GALLERY FIVE, TEQUESTA, FLORIDA, GREEN CUBE, laguna beach, Spezzano Gallery, Ca, Long Beach
Tags
arts-education, experimental, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, conceptual, landscape
Statement

My Process

I work in mixed media, predominantly with polymer skins, which I form into textile-like structures. Drawing with graphite is primary in of all my work; to begin, I draw out patterns directly onto my high density plastic work table.  I then pour self-leveling gel atop the drawings to form irregularly shaped skins; these become paintings absent canvas backing.  I play with opacity and translucence and depth that intensify by layering and working on both sides of the skins.

             I also work with used tea bag paper substrates, placing lines of tea bag papers over drawings, forming long strips of paper.  I coat them with gel and loop them across one another. The teabags’ origami-like patterns fuse with the polymer to create a translucent, fabric-like weaving.  On this structure, I can use more tar gel to create depth and another texture.

            When these strips are cured and removed from the table surface, the underlying drawings transfer to the paper, and I can layer on additional skins. These strips are then woven and manipulated to form a garment, a shallow wall sculpture hung on custom designed Plexiglas hangers.

            This conceptual artistic genre began in 2004 when the curator of the Laguna Art Museum invited me to create murals of skins for large installations in their window facades; this work was completed with material donations from Golden Paints.  In 2005, in conjunction with a two-person show at California State Fullerton University’s Grand Central Art Center, I created another large mural of skins.

 

A multi-faceted artist, Karen Feuer-Schwager currently expresses her emotions, experiences and dreams through a neo-expressionistic style.  Whether working on canvas, plexiglas or Polaroid film, her work has a sensual and highly tactile quality that has evolved from techniques developed over a lifetime of making art.

Widely exhibited throughout Southern California, her artistic career began at an early age fostered by her father, a cartoonist.  Moving from the studio to classroom, Karen began teaching art after graduation from Temple University in 1965.  She has taught classes and provided needed instruction to various institutions as an art-therapist and working with learning disabled children.

Currently residing in Laguna Beach, California, she has lived and exhibited in New York, France and Switzerland.