Here's a new, slightly apocalypic watercolour/collage piece.  It's related to my map based work and follows on from a chigiri-i class I took recently.  It's only 10 inches square on wood panel.  




Other map based pieces I have done in the last year or two are:



Houses I Used to Live In, 16" x 20" wc/collage on panel



Meander, 16" x 16" collage on panel  SOLD

 


Here is a link to my web page on Circle Arts, featuring five images and a bit of text

 




https://circle-arts.com/karen-muntean




I was able to show eighteen of my acrylics, mainly from the Arabesque, Energia and Harmonics series, at the Splash gallery space in the new Esquimalt Town Center development by Aragon.  This wide corridor leads to the library and a local coffee shop opens into it.  There is lots of foot traffic and a nice professional hanging system.  I am indebted to the TAC volunteers and Karen Cooper of the AGGV Art Rental program for helping make a coherent show of my work. 

 






 


                     Imaginary Geographies



   Map based art at the Saturna Cafe March 3-30, 2022




I took a class called the Figure in Contemporary Art at VISA during the fall term.  Leah McInnes was the instructor and I enjoyed it very much.  I started this painting at the very end of the class, based on photos I took in Zihautenejo ten years ago.  It's definitely a departure from all the non-objective pattern heavy paintings I've been dong for the last ten years or so. La Playa is 30" x 40" acrylic on canvas

 

 



Some of my acrylic paintings, small watercolours, and reduction linoprints are now available for sale at Central Art Studio Gallery in the Hudson's Bay mall downtown Victoria.  Local art run by a local artist, Peter van Giesen.  Open noon-5 Monday through Friday on the ground floor.  


I recently took a one day workshop at Vancouver Island Scool of Art on the theme of Mapping and Art.  It was so energizing to meet in a (big) room with four other people and the instructor Marina DiMaio for some in-person learning.  I decided to try working on wood panel for a change,  bought a few small ones and have been happily exploring

 



ever since.  I like this one best of the three I've done so far....it is very personal and uses photos (as gel transfers) from my childhood and maps from where I grew up, in Idaho.


New research suggests that abstract art has qualities that can literally change our mindsets and prompt us to let the minutia of day-to-day life fall away.  I found an article on this study,  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (US) by Daphna Shohamy of Columbia University, discussed in the online site Inverse.  

 

"This means that art has an effect on our general cognitive state, that goes beyond how much we enjoy it, to change the way we perceive events and make decisions.," Shohamy says.  She says that abstract art shifts our cognitive state away from concrete details and towards abstract ideas.  It forces us to explore within ourselves, which can be rewarding.  

 

For more detail on how this study was done and an elaboration of the ideas, check out the Inverse article.