Karen Vogel is a printmaker, painter and landscape designer who lives in Darien, CT and maintains a studio in Norwalk, CT. Her monotypes and paintings employ images from typography, architecture and organic forms in a multidisciplinary layering of techniques. Her mullti-layered images agitate with a sense of sound and movement, order and chaos, juxtaposing diverse shifts and uncertain references.
Ms. Vogel has studied painting and drawing at the Art Students League, New York City, The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC,
The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, and with master printers at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT.
She has a Master Garden Certificate from the University of Connecticut and a Certificate in Landscape Design from New York Botanical Garden.
The artist is currently an active member of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, where she served on the board. A Guild Member of Silvermine Art Center. She continues to teach printmaking workshops from the studio she maintains in Norwalk, CT. KVStudio@mac.com
My work utilizes the language of print, typography, architectural and organic forms to explore the monumental shifts that have emerged from
the breakdown of social cohesion – the infrastructure that supports social structure and communication that links us as social beings. The core of my work revolves around juxtaposing these diverse shifts and their uncertain references.
Beginning with the structure of hand-cut stencils, I layer multiple forms, textures, patterns, paper lithography, collagraph and monotype plates.
Each layer involves a set of decisions and is subject to a series of actions: forms are printed or painted, removed, covered, uncovered, overlapped, deleted, repeated, built-up and broken-down. The play of positive and negative spaces generates a tension between cohesion and disorder. Within this loosely structured environment, the images agitate with a sense of sound and movement. This evidence of continual process, of order and chaos, reflects my striving to hear my voice within the ever-changing visual languages of our time.