Biography: Artist: Karin Silverstone

Silverstone is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and a high-school art teacher presently teaching senior visual arts, and l’art visual, part-time at John F Ross while working in her home studio in Guelph. She repurposes the lath that she and her husband salvage form local home owners currently renovating to build her supports. She uses a variety of plasters, drywall compounds, clear gessoes and acrylics to draw upon. The tree imagery, based on personal photos taken in southwestern Ontario are meant to stir up involuntary memories of personal experiences with the hopes of reminding the viewer of the importance of respecting our natural environments. The recycling of found materials further support her interest in the environment. Her work can be found in numerous collections in cities across the country and in the United States. She has participated in the Artist Project in Toronto the past 2 years and recently was recognized as the winner in the Painting and Mixed Media category at the Insights Juried Show at the Wellington County Museum.

Artist's Statement

I have been inspired by the pattern and decoration movement of the 1970's, in particular the work of Miriam Schapiro and Robert Kushner. I have always had an affinity towards pattern and texture and revel in the mark-making connected to it.

I have recently taken a break from the paintings on quilt-like surfaces and begun to draw again. The landscapes however are still devoid of humans and reflect on themes within nature; dormancy, regrowth and conservation. There are more varied tree lines and include more man-made aspects such as telephone poles, fence-lines and roads to reflect how society is infringing upon the environment.

I liked pairing the notion of tree/nature content, with that of the wooden textures found in the lath. The history of the lath, once functioning as walls, as shelter, parallels the protective function of the quilts. The immediacy of drawing on plaster/drywall mud, with graphite or chalks led to more experiments with acrylic media with the aim of creating a less porous, less delicate surface.