Karen Toole

“the oral tradition supplies an ambiguous answer-sometimes even in the form of a riddle-to a common practical question. Truth as a certainty. Truth as an uncertainty” states John Berger in Keeping a Rendevous. Some of my paintings might be initially decribed as visual cliches. Familar objects, or symbols referenced in the pieces are universally recognized. But, beneath the obvious, my paintings represent a struggle and/or a personal loss. By exploring pathos, one paradoxically glimpses beauty, strength and understanding. These are the wonderful contradictions of art. I am drawn to a fragile reality held by the tention of the subject matter and the love of the paint and texture. 

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