Printmaking became a focus in Karin Bruckner’s work in 2006. She found the medium a congenial way of creating art given her professional background in architecture. Its unique combination of creative flow and process requires a structured, sequenced way of thinking in layers, shapes and colors not unlike architectural plans. Printmaking has allowed Karin to gradually make her way from the strictures of architecture to a looser form of creative expression, while engaging all of Karin’s artistic and design skills. Over the years, constant experimentation has propelled Karin’s unique monoprints from a graphic into a more painterly direction, incorporating paper lithography, etching, collagraph, chine collé and viscosity techniques to achieve thoroughly embedded and complexly layered visual landscapes of considerable depth. Karin’s work is process driven, responding to the materials and techniques at hand, resulting in a widely varied yet distinctive portfolio.
At the core of the dialogue between the artist and the work is an attempt to push the medium to its limits, straddling the lines between printmaking, drawing, painting and collage in an authentically mixed media way. Printmaking carries with it the element of surprise and the inevitability of the “happy accident” which Karin credits for immensely expanding her artistic sensibilities. The work evolves and resides in the space created by Pull and Push and has led to a consummate Work on Paper practice that encompasses cutting, sewing, felting and repurposing.
Karin Bruckner was born in Switzerland and received her education in Switzerland, Germany and the United States. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Technical University in Munich and a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in New York, where she has lived since 1988 and raised two children. After working as an architect for Richard Meier & Partners and Philip Johnson Architects in NY she returned to her passion for art. Since 2009 she has participated in a variety of exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Karin’s work has sold worldwide and is in private collections in Europe, South America, Australia and the United States. Karin is a represented artist at Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery, NY and the Carter Burden Gallery, NY. Her work has been featured by West Elm as well as online venues such as Art Crasher, Fresh Rag, Refinery 29, the UGallery blog, and the Printsy blog on Etsy. Her work can be seen on her website www.kbmatter.com and is available online on Artsy and 1stdibs through Susan Eley Fine Art as well as Etsy.