March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
Paula and I were invited to participate in a meeting through the wonders of Skype with the Trenton N.J., chapter of META, which is a group of techies and artists reaching out to each other to find common ground. http://www.meetup.com/ArtsTechNJ/events/167330712/
This month’s talk was about x rays and Madelaine Shellaby, curator of our Art Times Two show felt we would be a good fit.
I wanted to do this in my studio so we could hang up a couple pieces of our artwork. We set up my iPad on a music stand and here we are waiting for a connection.
We spent about 15 minutes talking about what we do, then answered a few questions.
Here I am showing a closeup of one of Paula’s pieces. Looking at these photos, it seems rather low tech using a music stand, but it got the job done.
Next Wednesday I will be in Princeton at the Art Times Two studio talking about our work from 5 to 7 pm. Hope you can stop by
February 12, 2014 § 1 Comment
The gallery Art Times Two welcomes fiber artist Karen Rips for a reception to meet the artist. Her work is presently on exhibit in the gallery with that of her collaborator, Paula Chung. These two artists create fiber wall hangings in response to medical technologies including X-rays, MRI’s and PET scans.
Wednesday, March 12, 5-7 pm
Art Times Two, the gallery at Princeton Brain and Spine Care
731 Alexander Road, Suite 200
September 6, 2013 § Leave a comment
Karen: I had been an admirer of Paula’s work for many years. Her use of color, size, and intricate stitching was amazing to me. We were part of a small group of fiber artists which continues to meet on a monthly basis. In 2010 Paula showed me an art quilt she had made from an MRI Scan of her friends spinal cord injury.
Paula: When I first saw the MRI, i was immediately struck by the beauty and strength of the image, and realized that these innate qualities needed to be expressed as art.
Karen: Paula had already created several pieces which she brought to our group to share. We have contrasting styles, so as kind of a challenge to myself, I asked Paula if I could interpret the same MRI but in my own abstract voice.
Paula: There was no thought at that time of a collaboration, but when Karen showed me her pieces several months later there was no doubt that this was a perfect fit. We decided right then to work together on a more formal basis and began looking for X-rays, MRI’s, and CT scans.
Karen: We work from the same original images but at our own pace, in our separate studios. So at any given time, I might be working on a spine, while Paula is working on a hip.
Paula: Eventually we realized we had over 40 pieces of art collectively, and it became time to think about exhibiting which brings us to where we are today.
Paula: As our collaboration continues, so does our experimentation. Karen continues to push the envelops of discharge, overdyeing, shibori, and texture creating processes through shrinkage and manipulation. I’m experimenting with different stitching substrates to create work capable of hanging off the wall, in 2D and 3D presentations.
December 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Body imaging provides a powerful window that allows the doctor dramatic non-invasive images of our anatomy. As artists, we find these images compelling, since they can tell a story or be seen simply as shapes, lines, dark and light spaces.
We strive not to duplicate these images, but to convey them as we envision them, both individually and as a collaboration. We hope to show the beauty, strength and vulnerability of the human body through our work.