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Studio Visit - Alyssa Krause

Studio Visit - Alyssa Krause

Studio Visit - Alyssa Krause

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Studio Visit with Alyssa Krause

Tappan is pleased to introduce Alyssa Krause, an artist and painter based in Milwaukee, WI. Krause takes familiar images and contorts them into colorful abstract works, creating a way of questioning perceptions of reality versus the contrived images we present of ourselves today.

Q.

Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist.

A.

I am an artist graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Fall of this year. I will be receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Drawing. For the past five years, I have lived and worked in Milwaukee full-time.

My focus in art began more primarily when I was in high school while I was taking 2D drawing and painting classes. I was always intrigued by the task at hand to transition an image or idea into a painted being.

 

Q.

Describe your work in three words.

A.

Removal. Question. Bending.

 

Q.

What draws you to painting?

A.

I love working with paint. The material allows for manipulation. There’s color, medium, application, opacity. The material naturally creates a running list of possibilities in terms of ways to alter an image based off guidelines and rules, like I do in my practice, and also can be used as a signifier (for example, color) to refer back to an image through that process of recognition.

 

Q.

What is your creative process? Walk us through each stage - from coming up with ideas/themes/concepts you want to explore, to translating that into an artistic vision, to creating the physical artworks and installations.

A.

My work starts off with an image that I find interesting--whether that is compositionally, or how the shapes interact with each other. I then take the image and crop it somewhat spontaneously to leave out any decision making in the overall image. Before starting the painting, I decide on guidelines that will dictate specific moves in the painting. All of the decision making happens before I pick up a brush, therefore simultaneously leaving all control out of my hands and within them. I use variations in brush handling and material usage as a way to separate the image from the painting, while holding on to outlines and forms as signifiers back to the original source. All of the deliberacy in the beginning stages of my process have an impact on the end image, which leads to questioning of what is actually depicted in the final painting. I’m interested in the close proximity of described and undescribed visual cues, and how much is required to generate a response of familiarity.

Alyssa Krause says

“Each work is exploratory, in the sense that they all start with different guidelines or rules searching for ways to relieve the question—what is it I’m looking at and why is there a sense of familiarity?”

Q.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

A.

I draw inspiration from nature mostly. I think nature and plant-life is something very familiar to all and creates a dialogue between what we know and what we see. My paintings are depicted from a very recognizable source, but depict something that is less real than that of what you think you are seeing. My work also stems from an overall tendency to question my own perception of the world and how others channel individual concepts of perception--how vastly different is your perception of something to others perception of the same thing?

  

Q.

Are there any quotes or mantras that you particularly connect with?

A.

Stay present.

 

Q.

What influence does modern culture have on your work?

A.

I think the influence of social media has an impact on my work, especially in the sense that every internet profile is a curated perception of an individual which consequently alters the perceptions of others. It begins to get messy and therefore leads to an undying question of what is actually known, true or real.

 

Q.

What is your relationship with social media?

A.

I participate in it. For me, I use it as an archive to what is going on in my life that eventually, when I look back months later, will show a collage of moments that weren’t in the beginning categorized together, but now have commonalities. Like my painting practice, I think it’s interesting to look at the differences and how they collide with similarities.

 

Q.

What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?

A.

I hope to convey the same sense of questioning and wonder that I have. I think everything can be looked at a second time or in a different light and not always just taken for first appearance.

 

Q.

What influence does living in Milwaukee have on your work?

A.

Living in Milwaukee has given me access to contemporary art practices, beyond what I thought the art world was when I was in high school.

 

Q.

Who are some contemporaries or figures in art history who have influenced you?

A.

Henri Matisse, Yayoi Kusama, Shara Hughes, Ilana Zweschi, Leslie Vance, Tomory Dodge, Erin Loree

 

Q.

When do you make your best work?

A. 

I make my best work when I am alone in the studio, headphones in, paint brushes and mediums scattered around the space. I also like to keep past works or works in progress nearby to kind of radiate old ideas into new ones.

   

Q.

What do you listen to when creating?

A.

Anything upbeat, something to keep me zoned in on the painting. Lately I have been listening to more dance music without lyrics.

 

Q.

What makes you laugh?

A.

My pet bunny;; he randomly jumps in the air when he’s happy.

 

Q.

What makes you nervous?

A.

Climate change and the 2020 presidential election.

 

Q.

What makes you excited about the future?

A.

Knowing that many paintings are to come and that they are only going to get better.

 

About Alyssa Krause

Alyssa Krause is a painter who uses images of nature as a basis and then manipulates the image through predetermined rules before laying a brush on the surface.

 

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About Alyssa Krause

Alyssa Krause is a painter based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her work derives from concepts of perception through guided visual cues as a way of questioning what we’re seeing versus what actually is. Using images of nature as a basis, Krause manipulates the image through predetermined rules before laying a brush on the surface. She is interested in the way paint transforms an image while simultaneously holding true to the initially observed, and the hiccups that occur during that exchange. Krause received her BFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2019 and has shown locally and across the Midwest.

STATEMENT 

"I am questioning the intersection between describing and un-describing as a means to exploring what you see visually. My interest lies in how much information is needed to respond to something representational derived from the real. The space is manipulated by flipping and varying applications of paint, distancing associations from the original image. The responsive matrimony between the real and not real guide my practice—can one remove the connection to the original image while still creating around its initial attributes?." - Alyssa Krause 

 

EDUCATION 

2015 to present, enrolled in Drawing & Painting BFA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2019 to present, Gallery Assistant at The Real Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2019, BFA Exhibition, Kenilworth Square East, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2019, 47th Annual Juried Show, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2018, Crossing Over, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2018, Kenilworth Open Studios, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2017, Woven Images, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

2017, Crossing Over, Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

 

SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS 

2018, Mary E Van Deven Memorial Scholarship Recipient

2017, Mary E Van Deven Memorial Scholarship Recipient