River of Grass
"River of Grass" marks Krause’ return to her deep environmentalist concerns, always close to hand in her work, exploring here the rich landscapes of the Florida Everglades with her unique blend of cutting edge digital processes and traditional art making methods. Krause renders the captivating beauty and shifting light using both organic substrates (linen canvas, wood panel) and inorganic substrates (aluminum panel), with painting and image transfer. From the serenely contemplative Misty River to the somberly brooding Dark, Krause’s landscapes draw the viewer into a world defined by sky, water, luxuriant vegetation and reflections. Where the Hudson River painters of the 1800s saw the sublime in the American wilderness, under threat even then, Krause draws out a powerful, all-encompassing spirituality as she at once captures a fragile beauty and underlines it’s inevitable vulnerability. Suffused with a soft, nuanced palette, works like Silver Sky seem to hearken more to historical documents, a concept that is developed even further in the limited edition portfolio that accompanies the exhibition.