Karen M. Andersen – “On the Other Side of Fear”

Starting bid: $250.00

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We are all afraid of something. It is human nature to fear the unknown, to be terrified of anything we haven’t experienced yet. So often we feel as though we are standing on the precipice, staring into the void, paralysed, too afraid to take the leap in case something bad happened. I know the feeling very well as it’s one I have lived many times over.

This painting is about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, embracing that fear, and diving in head first regardless. It’s about feeling the fear and doing the scary things anyway. It’s about empowerment. Most of all, it’s about discovering the countless beautiful experiences that lie on the other side of that precipice, on the other side of your fear…bravery, peace, happiness, hope, freedom.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 91 x 91cm

Item condition: New

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Auction ends: 31/05/2018 9:00 pm
Timezone: Australia/Sydney

Starting bid: $250.00

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Description

Contemporary abstract artist Karen M. Andersen works from her home studio on the Fraser Coast in southeast Queensland, Australia. Her childhood was also spent growing up here, in a seemingly eternal summer, exploring the beach and the bush, watching storms come and go in the evening sky. University studies in biology – together with days spent at the beach at Hervey Bay and on Fraser Island with her family – have seen Karen develop a deep affection for the Queensland coast, especially for the sea and the Great Barrier Reef, rich in its cacophony of creatures with mesmerising unique forms, vibrant colours, and rhythmic underwater movements.

As a long-term sufferer of depression and anxiety, Karen also feels a deep calling to share her experiences with mental illness through her art. It is her hope that in doing so, she may contribute to erasing the stigma that still exists around mental illness in today’s society, while helping fellow sufferers to feel validated, worthy, and understood. Painting also allows Karen to explore her feelings about and her reactions to her own illness. It is her therapy – a way for her to process her emotions, to face her fears, to grow in confidence and wisdom, and to heal.

Karen’s lifelong obsession with colour and fervour for experimental and expressive mark-making serve as the vehicles through which she delivers messages of joy, hope, empowerment and determination. She paints instinctively and spontaneously, allowing the paint to drip and run down the canvas. Flamboyant, vibrant hues dance harmoniously around more sorbet, pastel tones, laid down in broad, sweeping planes of colour and accented with daring splashes, dots, and drips of paint. The result is paintings that are evocative, intoxicating and exciting…alive with character, rich in emotion, and imbued with layers of meaning.

Website: http://karenmandersen.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/karenmandersenart
Instagram: www.instagram.com/karenmandersen

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