Artist Profile: Dorothy Simpson Krause

Dorothy Simpson Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in numerous current periodicals and books. She is the author of Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books published by North Light Books.

Dot is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative, with Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products which may be used by fine artists.

Q: What are you working on right now?
A: A series of images related to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn Or, A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment”, composed in 1797 after an opium influenced dream. Coleridge’s vision is of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where “The shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves.” These are haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, which reflect trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. You can see them at here.

They will be shown at 571 projects in the Chelsea arts district of New York, March 1 – April 16, 2011, with an opening March 3. There will be emulsion transfers from DASS film onto stone paper, and monotypes onto aluminum, fresco, copper and textured spunbonded polyester. There will also be a large lenticular “quilt”, 48” square, which uses details from the series.

Q: What’s your current favorite, can’t-live-without-it supply?
A: DASS SuperSauce Concentrate Using the DASS transfer film, the diluted SuperSauce allows you to transfer images to aluminum, copper, fresco and other surfaces too thick to print on or into books where the introduction of moisture would cause the paper to warp. Alcohol gel hand sanitizer (like Purell) also allows for interesting transfer techniques.

Q: What is on your workspace right now?
A: The remains of the lenticular piece “Fragments”.

Q: What is your least favorite technique that you still use anyway?
A: Making lenticular images. The new series has a number of lenticular images that create the illusion of depth and movement. They are engaging but difficult to accomplish.

Q: What’s the most inspiring trip you’ve ever taken or adventure you’ve ever had?
A: India, Tibet and Peru head the list of the most amazing places I’ve visited. Many of the passageways or portals in my new series of work come from those three countries, as well as from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Sicily, Vietnam, Thailand or other wonderful places where I’ve had an opportunity to take photographs.

Q: If you could surround yourself with only one color, what would it be?
A: All metallics are appealing to me, including silver/ aluminum, gold and copper. The piece at left is a transfer to copper.

Q: What’s your favorite place in all the world?
A: My home and studio on an island with marsh between the house and the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is straight ahead. While it’s a beautiful place to live and work, it’s friends and fellow artists that make this area so special.

Q: What one thing do you want to do that you haven’t done yet?
A: Travel more!

Q: What’s the best day you’ve ever had?
A: Tomorrow.

Q: What’s today’s Word to Live By?
A: Enjoy.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Spending the day working in my pajamas.

Q: What do you listen to when you create?

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
A: Unlimited energy.

Q: With whom would you love to spend one day making art?
A: Robert Rauschenberg

Q: Why do you make art?
A: To help me understand what I think and feel.

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for artists?
A: Keep working.

To learn more about or purchase a copy of Book + Art, click here.

To follow Dorothy Simpson Krause on her web site, click here.

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One Response to Artist Profile: Dorothy Simpson Krause

  1. Katie says:

    I just went to the last day of Dorothy’s exhibit at 571 projects in New York City. And to my surprise she was there in person! I only caught the tail end of her talk (wish I could’ve heard more about her process!)but it was so neat to see the artist among her work. And her work is beautiful and interesting. The pictures on the 571 projects site are great but seeing the work in person is so so much better. Thanks to this blog I was turned on to a beautiful exhibit in my own back yard. Thanks!