My work combines a long-term professional interest in dreams and the unconscious with a continuing study of various forms of art-making, including drawing, painting, printmaking and Ikebana flower arranging.
As a psychologist, I have spent many years exploring the interrelationship of conscious and unconscious processes. I have found multiple layers of meaning implicit in much of what we experience and in much of what we do. Events in the present are viewed through a lens of old and recent, remembered and forgotten, events from the past. I try to express this complexity in my art work, which focuses on the interweaving of dream, metaphor and perceptions of reality.
I try to keep my studio free of toxic materials. Many of my prints are created from solarplates, which are steel plates coated with a light-sensitive polymer. Ultraviolet light, rather than acid, etches the plate when an image is placed between the plate and the sun or other UV light source. Most of my inks are water-based, with little or no toxicity.
Joan Krash earned a doctorate in psychology from American University and practiced and taught psychotherapy in the Washington area for many years before her retirement in 2000. During those years she studied drawing, painting and printmaking at the Corcoran College of Art and other nearby institutions as well as in many workshops with visiting artists here and in Cape Cod. She honed her solarplate techniques during summer workshops with Dan Welden, who developed the method.
Joan has shown her work in solo and group shows in the Washington area and in Cape Cod. Her paintings and prints are in private collections here and abroad.