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Local Art

 

Karyn Debrasky

 

Artist for the month of November

 

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Karyn Debrasky creates contemporary graphic imagery that adds a distinctive presence to any environment. At first glance, her artwork has been mistaken for paintings, but upon closer inspection you'll realize the medium is a combination of richly layered papers, found objects, and handmade textures. Her intricate designs are a unique balance of organic curves, simplified shapes, architecturally straight lines, and abundant textures and colors that gracefully work together. By pairing her graphic design background, her unbelievable patience, and her contemporary sensibility, she's able to produce truly unique, captivating, and timeless pieces of artwork that are sure to hold your attention.


Karyn starts her creative process by gathering a variety of color-rich papers and found objects that inspire. Hand-cut simplified shapes create the base. Layers of handmade texture are then added by transforming flat pieces of paper into 3-dimensional objects. She utilizes design techniques such as paper quilling, weaving, or rolling hundreds of tiny paper balls, tubes, and cones to create these textures. Once they're carefully formed, she meticulously positions them one-by-one to create the overall surface texture she's envisioned. Found objects such as unique beads and various metals are added to help enhance each design and provide inspiration for an overall focus. With each layer, the depth of the image becomes more and more complex. She strives for balance and intensity, reworking each piece until the individual elements blend into a final unified composition.


Karyn is a local artist. She grew up in Penns Valley, graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and currently lives and works as a full-time artist in Bellefonte, PA. She’s won numerous awards for her body of work and has participated in nationally ranked exhibitions, such as: The Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in Philadelphia, PA, Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado, and Art on the Square in Belleville, Illinois. You can also view her work in the 2010, James L. Brooks film, 'How Do You Know', which stars Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.

 

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