Artist Statement Karash Payne is an artist whose work explores the concept of change through the transformative lens of water. She places her figurative subjects in, on, and under water where they both emerge from and are swallowed by the water. Their forms are revealed and dissolved in an elegant dance between flesh, fabric, hair, and water. The visages of her daughters and herself predominate the paintings as the artist takes her aim at the changing nature of life, motherhood, growth, and letting go. In many of the images of her daughters, they turn their faces away from the viewer—a quiet statement of their turning away from mother’s world as they chart their own path through life. In the self-portraits, contemplation and self-reflection are the dominant moods. We can almost hear Karash asking what is next, how did I get here, who am I.
Her energetic brushstrokes and sparkling color charge the image’s surface with a lushness that subtly channels feelings of angst, tumult, and transformation. Every inch of the canvas is activated by a passionate, chaotic energy that lifts the work beyond mimetic realism. Karash’s images are felt not just seen, as we are swept over and across the marks like white water river rapids, exhilarated and enlightened from the journey.
The water has always been a powerful cipher in Karash’s life. She grew up around the water and was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard, and avid scuba diver. As she raised her four children in and around the ocean, bay, and pools her own connection to water grew. Now as her life enters a new phase the water returns as a symbolic and elemental agent of change.
You are invited to view her exhibit July 1st through 31st.