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These paintings are for sale by the artist. Each work comprises six panels of mixed media oils,
acrylics, charcoal and ink on 40" x 30" x 2" gallery wrapped stretched canvas.
Total dimensions for the vertical works: 80" wide x 90" tall
Total dimensions for the horizontal works: 120" wide x 60" tall
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Since my childhood in New York, I've had a recurring dream in which
the expansive highways leading to gigantic bridges turn into roller coasters
as I travel over them. The Roller Coaster Dreams series stems from this
idea of highways turning into roller coasters.
The series also stems from my enjoyment as a child of books like
Alice in Wonderland, where characters can go through mundane household
objects like mirrors and find other worlds.
The first image, Stairway, is the beginning of the tour, and the rest
of the paintings are the journey along the way.
You see some recognizable elements like roller coasters and highways,
sort of like signposts in a strange world where you also see things that
I may or may not have put there, based on your own ideas and perceptions.
While as the artist I'm the tour guide, presenting these little journeys,
the viewer really determines the ride's meaning to him or her--the tours
will mean different things to different people, like Rorschach ink blots.
As the tour guide, my hope is that viewers will get that feeling I get
when I stand in front of a painting in a museum that "sends me," like the
work of the Abstract Expressionists, Futurists and Surrealists--that
feeling that you're going both inside the painting and inside yourself.
©2014 Karen Sperling. All rights reserved. No text or images may be
reproduced in any form without written permission from Karen Sperling.