Meet Northern Virginia artists Susan Trask and Karen Watson who will be sharing a booth at the Amuse Art Festival. This isn’t the first time Susan and Karen have collaborated for a show. They’ve had several 2 person shows and exhibits at galleries and studio tours in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties. They have a unique synergy that is rarely planned but always intriguing, making for an exciting exhibit of color and texture. Here’s a short interview with the artists to give you a glimpse of their motivation and their art.
Susan Trask of
Earth Wind and Fleece
What are your favorite subjects and/or materials for your art?
I love to create custom colors and blend various types of fiber and embellishments to create new dimensions. Lately I've noticed lots of leaf and vine-like shapes emerging in my work. I'm thinking that my gardens are subliminally influencing me.
How do you describe your work?
One-of-a-kind wearable art that's always something different and new. It could be color combinations that defy the laws of the color wheel, or holes meant for passing the opposite end of the scarf through. No rhyme or reason - always created in the moment.
What inspires you in making your art?
Rhythm - I always have music filling the air and the rhythm definitely gets me in the groove!
Karen Watson of
What are your favorite subjects and/or materials?
Most recently I’m focusing on a few of my absolutely favorite processes — intuitively using texture and color for interesting abstracts, and painting over collaged papers as the backdrop for niches housing dimensional found objects. I also like to use acrylic medium to transfer photographic images onto collaged and painted backgrounds. These processes have virtually unlimited potential and are so much fun.
How do you describe your art?
I am a treasure hunter at heart, a gatherer of artifacts, and memories. Using a variety of materials, I strive to create a revered space for collected items, both those from natures such as shells, minerals, fossils, as well as man-made ones such as icons, game pieces or personal belongings. Likewise, my abstract work conveys my interpretation of a city skyline, an ocean vista or other setting, using contour and color to convey my feelings and memory of the place, to preserve it, and share it.
What or who inspires you in making your art?
Most frequently inspired by nature, I am also energized by the man-made beauty of architecture, the significance of historical artifacts and ruins, and the symbolism found in many cultures as evidenced in their maps, writing, and design.