|Dorothy Simpson Krause||
Title: Harlequin 4
Medium: Digital transfer to wood with white paint
Size: 20" x 20"
Krause is a painter, collage artist and printmaker who incorporates digital mixed media into her art. Her work is exhibited regularly in galleries and museums and featured in more than a dozen current periodicals and books. Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a member of Digital Atelier®, an artists collaborative. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia and a consultant for manufacturers and distributors of products that may be used by fine artists. In 2000, Krause received a Kodak Innovator Award and in June 2001, with Digital Atelier, she demonstrated digital printmaking techniques at the opening of the Brooklyn Museum of Art 27th Print National, Digital: Printmaking Now.
In July 1997, Krause organized "Digital Atelier: A printmaking studio for the 21st century" at the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution and was an Artist-in-Residence there for 21 days. For that work she received a Smithsonian/Computerworld Technology in the Arts Award. The same year, she worked with a group of curators to help them envision the potential of digital printmaking in "Media for a New Millennium" a work-tank/ think-shop organized by the Vinalhaven Graphic Arts Foundation.
Krause says, "I am a painter by training and collage-maker by nature who began my experimental printmaking with reprographic machines. Since being introduced to computers in the late 1960s when working on my doctorate at Penn State, I have combined traditional and digital media. My work embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials ... plaster, tar, wax and pigment ... with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future. By focusing on timeless personal and universal issues ... hopes and fears, wishes, lies and dreams, immortality and transience ... I challenge myself and the viewer to look beyond the surface to see what depths are hidden. I imbue my work with the quality of allegory; not to be factual, but to be truthful in character. There are no prescriptive messages, but the montaged images invite subversive readings. By questioning the issue of power and how it is implemented, the dignity of the individual and the strength of the spirit is celebrated."