Karen Short "It is well with My Soul"

Karen Short "It is well with My Soul"

Karen Short
It is well with My Soul
Graphite, charcoal, acrylic and ink wash on paper
7.5"w x 8.5"h

“My heart wants roots My mind wants wings. I cannot bear Their bickerings.”- E.Y. Harburg

Concept: Each of these pieces were recently created for my solo exhibition "Roost", and each drawing is a meditation on the history I personally have with Tennessee as "home". The series as a whole enabled me to investigate the confusing feelings I associate with my small town upbringing, such as the desire for escape contrasted by the urge to “belong”. The use of a bird’s nest came to symbolize both my “conceptual” home—a state of mind woven together from a jumble of thoughts and memories—and with the notion of “home” as a physical place. Home remains a vague, undefined place for me; but these meditations have helped me realize how fundamental my small town upbringing is to the person I am today. In a way, they are "offerings" to my childhood - and a way of honoring where I come from.

Technical: These small studies are the origin for my much larger works - they allow me to quickly record and convey ideas, emotions and memories that I want to more fully explore and develop at a later time.