Emerging Ideas

Kay Hartung: Biovisions

“My work is abstract, though influenced by observations of microscopic imagery. Colonies of cellular shapes migrate, flow and multiply. Clusters of orbs are tethered together in unknown universes.”

Macrocell 5, encaustic, shellac, pigment, on wood panel, 24″x 24″

My work is abstract, though influenced by observations of microscopic imagery. Colonies of cellular shapes migrate, flow and multiply. Clusters of orbs are tethered together in unknown universes. Larger forms seem to invade the space occupied by small forms, and appear to consume them. Colors set the tone; greens of pond life, blues of the cosmos and reds of blood. A mystery is created by concealing layers, and windows through the layers reveal teasing glimpses of what is hidden below the surface. Biomorphic forms travel freely or are captured and tangled in sinuous webs. Tension is created by competing organisms that are struggling to coexist.

Revealing the beauty of this mysterious world, I invite the viewer to contemplate the impact these minute cellular forms have on our lives.

Bio Layers 2, encaustic, pastel, on wood panel 16″x 16″

 

Bio Flow 5, encaustic, pastel, pigment stick, on wood panel, 30″x 30″

 

Cells Alive 1, encaustic, powdered graphite, on wood panel, 24″x 24″

 

Cellular, Celestial Installation, fabric, paper, nylon tubing, encaustic, grape stems, 9’x 16′

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Kay Hartung is a mixed media artist who has a studio at ArtSpace Maynard and lives in Acton, MA. She has a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from Syracuse University. She was on the faculty of Bradford College in the Creative Arts Division from 1979-1999. She maintained a studio at Vernon Street Studio in Somerville for 10 years before moving to Acton in 1992. She is a member of Fountain Street Fine Art and has been a recipient of grants from Somerville Arts Council, Malden Arts Council and the Ford Foundation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is in many private and corporate collections. She has created specially commissioned work for both public and residential spaces.

www.kayhartung.com

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All images copyright and courtesy of Kay Hartung

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