Karen Pálsdóttir

Ana (Blue Star Frond), 2021

Oil on canvas

Painting30.5 x 30.5 x 2cmShips from United States of America


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About the Artist

Karen Pálsdóttir (b.1992, Iceland) investigates fractions of her female subjects by rendering them using only Cobalt blue oil paint. Karen adds a botanical element to my work using a collage-like approach where she crops the reference imagery of her female subjects and overlays them with botanical compositions captured in nature. By painting botanical compositions in blue, Karen explores the historical context that early humans are considered not to have made distinctions between the colors green and blue due to rarity of blue in nature. After collaging her images together, Karen digitally dissects her final image according to value and applies layer by layer onto the surface using oil paint. This repetitive process transfers the information of her reference image from the source to the surface. The accumulated layers of oil paint leave visible traces of the process while creating a life like depth in the portraits while the organic properties of the oil paint primates the rigid digital process. Karen lives and works in New York, USA.