ABSTRACT: Mix Media Collage by Karyn Debrasky
Captivating and colorful, at first the works of Bellefonte artist Karyn Debrasky may be mistaken for paintings. Upon closer inspection, a much more complex picture emerges, as the medium of each piece is revealed to be a combination of richly layered papers, found objects, and handmade textures.
In a departure from her background in graphic design, where she worked mainly with computers, Debrasky now enjoys creating her images 100% by hand. Her intricate designs are a balance of organic curves, simplified shapes, architecturally straight lines, abundant textures, and colors that gracefully work together. Debrasky starts her creative process by gathering a variety of unique papers for inspiration. Next, simplified shapes with black lines help define each boundary. Layers of complexity are added by transforming flat pieces of paper into 3-dimensional objects, utilizing techniques such as paper quilling, weaving, or rolling hundreds of tiny paper balls. After these are carefully formed, they are meticulously positioned to create a striking overall surface texture. Exquisite found objects such as beads and metals are then added to deepen the beauty and focus of each image. By joining her graphic design skills, remarkable patience, and contemporary sensibility, Debrasky produces intriguing, sophisticated artwork that has won numerous awards and multiple placements in nationally ranked exhibitions.
The exhibition will be open to the public December 2 - 31, 2013.