Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and the men and women are merely players.” The figures in this series of drawings and paintings have the lead in their own one person shows. The sets and props thicken the plots as back story is very important to my motivation and creative process. My work has been described as surreal and occasionally expressionistic and sometimes appropriates pieces from art history. You may recognize figures from Paris Street; Rainy Day by the French artist Gustave Caillebotte in Semper Fortis. Women have been referred to as the weaker sex as intimated by the young woman’s broken umbrella and untied shoe lace. In my experience, however women have always been strong in fortitude. The birds in Cancer’s not for Chickens are pullets, pre-egg laying hens, alluding to the fact that this woman is far too young to have cancer. Even my landscapes and still lives function as stage sets for me. They tell stories about the people who frequent those spaces and handle the objects. People, “have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” Drawing these “parts” enables me to see the humanity in all of us. My current series of drawings and paintings can be seen at Blue Door Artworks in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Karen Stewart Selected Exhibitions: The Neville Public Museum 70th Art Annual Exhibition, Green Bay, WI. (2015) Wisconsin Artist Biennial - Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI. (2014) Boxed in . . . Main Street Art Works, Hilbert, WI. Two person show. (2009) Artists Who Seek The Truth - The Rahr-West Art Museum, Manitowoc, WI. Three person show. (2005) Art Woman Exhibition - The Appleton Art Center, Appleton, WI. (2005) The Neville Public Museum 61st Art Annual Exhibition, Green Bay, WI. (2005) The Neville Public Museum 60th Art Annual Exhibition, Green Bay, WI. Best of Show Award. (2004) K-12 Art Specialists Exhibition - Priebe Gallery, Oshkosh, WI. 2nd Place Juror’s Award and Best of Show Award. (2004) Miller Art Museum 28th Annual Exhibition, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Honorable Mention. (2003)