Artist goes Native: Forsakes Civilization and the Modern World...
Do you know where Paradise is?
|image © Kara Rane & graphic design by Rachel @ Camp Smarty Pants|
"Made in Vieques" : Eco- Art created by Kara Rane on a tiny, remote Caribbean island.
She furthered her art training in San Francisco, Ca., studying privately with world renowned artists: sculptor Harriet Moore, painter David Leffel, and painter Nan Sheng Liu. Her art was shown in local galleries, artist collectives and design boutiques. Kara also began to travel throughout the United States, and abroad to Nepal, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and her native countries of Sweden, Norway, and the Nordic islands.
In 2003, undaunted by current local events, she moved to New York City. Working as a professional commercial artist while continuing to develop and promote her own fine artwork, she quickly acclimated to the high pace, demanding lifestyle. In addition, she also wanted to expand the exclusivity of 2 worlds: art and yoga. In response to this desire to share, Kara founded a community based storefront & art gallery she called "Project Flower Shop". The purpose was to bring together artists and residents of Prospect Heights, which was just developing into what is now considered one of the most sought after "hip" neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. "Project Flower Shop", a space where artists would show their work, people took "donation only " yoga classes, and neighbors stopped in to visit a working artists studio.
There was an overwhelmingly positive reception for her from the community, yet she was still yearning to return to nature. In the beginning of 2007 she made a bold, new move. Giving away all possessions and taking only necessities, she bought a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico and took the several hour ferry ride to the tiny, remote island of Vieques. Discovering a contrast so shockingly different from her urban life; no cell phone coverage, rarely an Internet connection, living without shoes, and a pace of existence returned to daily presence.
Kara lived in Vieques full time: immersed in the culture, language, and history of a tiny, isolated island. To earn a living and share her art, she was the owner of an established business, an eatery on the Caribbean beach, which became a favorite for locals and tourists alike. She designed the popular three-dimensional mural that identified this landmark site. Painting outside, holding free art sessions for children, making treasured souvenirs and offering beach-side grilled meals, in Esperanza, where fresh food and art are served daily.
The Caribbean island experience is captured in the raw, innocent, inspiring and often perilous journey that is her newest art collection, "Made in Vieques". These original art pieces are created on paper with 10-pack Crayola markers; a global product, non-toxic, and economically accessible to all people. This subversive medium questions our perspective on mass marketing and commercialism of tourist vacation destinations.
The drawings appear safe; yellow suns, sailboats, flowers and trees. Bright saturated colors, repetitive marks, fluorescent skies and moving waters suggest an imminent danger. Areas of untouched paper are shapes without color. Animals, bugs, birds, and children integrate this hyper landscape. The figures travel across day and night, in sleep and awake. Life is ever changing. It is a spiritual Paradise we seek to discover.
"Made in Vieques"
Limited Edition Collection of Fine Art Giclee Prints.
Sustainable. Bio-degradable. Recyclable. Locally Made.
Art for All People
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Etsy The Handmade Community Market Place
Kara Rane is an artist working in a variety of materials and media. From oil paintings, to sculptures, to large scale installations on glass, each project is contextual, unique. She has had solo and group art shows in galleries, design boutiques and artist collectives from San Francisco to New York City. She has won several awards, most notable from "American Women Artists" in outstanding portraiture. Please Visit the artists website for more information. www.kararane.com