Karen Schifano

Region: Northeast

I am a painter who is intrigued by the mind’s ability to recognize, conceptualize, and manifest spatial constructs simply through the use of shape, edge, and color. Recent inspiration derives from theater stages, mouths, product labels, doorways, and windows: framed openings that can also be read as object or symbol, abstract shape or metaphor. The last few years have brought a focus on a series of smaller paintings that try to meld thought more overtly with feeling. Narrative allusions have been allowed to emerge and take their place “on stage,” along with a sense of humor, all stemming from the urgency of creating something meaningful, and maybe lasting, on an intimate scale.