I create my compositions in series, working on three or more individual pieces at the same time so that I may develop an idea and way of expressing it in variations, each building on and linking to the others.

My preference is to work with papers and water-based media, such as sumi ink, gouache, and liquid acrylic. These materials allow me to build my compositions using spatial options such as cut outs, 3-D forms, overlays, and texture or collage.

Within each series, I explore aspects of energy in the physical world. Characteristics observed in natural forms, such as rocks and fossils; ideas from written forms, such as calligraphy and musical notation; and ideas from melodies and rhythms heard while listening to music provide the inspiration that motivates me to express this energy.


©Katherine Nemanich 2014


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