JOAN KRASH

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Artist Statement

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.

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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.

Bio

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.

 

  • Recent Work
And What Rough Beast
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"and what rough beast"

And What Rough Beast

Blue Bamboo
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"Blue Bamboo" by Joan Krash

Blue Bamboo

Bamboo with Tulips
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"Bamboo with Tulips" by Joan Krash

Bamboo with Tulips

Sienna Bamboo
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"Sienna Bamboo" by Joan Krash

Sienna Bamboo

Evolution Series IV
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"Evolution Series IV" by Joan Krash

Evolution Series IV

French Curves IV
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"French Curves IV" by Joan Krash

French Curves IV

Water Lilies
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"Water Lilies" by Joan Krash

Water Lilies

Slouching Series
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"Slouching Series" by Joan Krash

Slouching Series

Fire and Water
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"Fire and Water" by Joan Krash

Fire and Water

Signs of Life
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"Signs of Life" by Joan Krash

Signs of Life

Blue Beast
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"Blue Beast" by Joan Krash

Blue Beast

Shapes Series I
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"Shapes Series I" by Joan Krash

Shapes Series I

Truro Series I
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"Truro Series I" by Joan Krash

Truro Series I

Truro Series III
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"Truro Series III" by Joan Krash

Truro Series III