ART Habens Art Review // Special Issue ART Habens Art Review - Special Issue #89 - Page 193

Caren Kinne ART Habens source of inspiration in my work. I have always been drawn to the Dream Surrealists like Dali and Magritte and their magical, impossible worlds they created. I have long enjoyed the bright colors, bold lines, and simple, iconic compositions of Pop Artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein. As for contemporary artists, I am drawn to those who have a strong use of color, and also incorporate hints of nostalgia and/or have use of bulbous organic forms in their work, as these are driving forces in my own work. Both the late Elizabeth Murray's large scale paintings and the late Mike Kelly's stuffed-toy installations come to mind. I love Trey Speegle’s paintings inspired by the good-old paint by numbers kits. I have been following the current Squishes, Drips and Blobs sculpture work by Dan Lam on Instagram, well Liz Tran whose bright work in varying media always makes me smile. Recently I have been inspired by Camilla D'Errico's use of colorful, flowing lines in her oil paintings and have just begun trying out some bright organic line work in the background of some of my sketches. and ceramic relief. I realized one of the things I found captivating about the glyphs was how, to me; they seemed to have biomorphic qualities. Perhaps, it was in part that as a child I was always fond of stories which involved fantasy lands and endearing creatures. Think: Wonderland, Oz, Dr. Seuss and Roger Hargreaves. Ultimately, I began to envision little beings taking on these shapes and lines that I saw in the glyphs. And so it is from here that my portrait series began to develop and evolve. Completely separate from my artwork (at first anyhow), I began researching my own family history and lineage. I found it quite fascinating to learn about my family’s past: what the individuals did, where and how they lived, when and why they moved to the Americas. At one point it occurred to me to merge the two: my portrait series and this new found interest in ancestry. For me, it is a way of re-imagining my own heritage. So my ancestry themed portraits are named after and inspired by various figures in my own family tree. The portrait series actually came about before my Musings series. I would have to say it started from when I discovered the remarkable Ancient Mayan Glyphs. Simple lines and shapes beautifully arranged; I was smitten. They started to appear in my works as exact copies of particular glyphs, in patterns I created in printmaking, drawing I think the real drives the imagined. The Musings series is certainly more meditative, which by nature lends itself to be more expressive of the inner self. That said- our inner selves do not exist in a vacuum. I don't think one can totally separate one's daily experiences from the thoughts and perspective of the inner self; they inform each other. 21 4 06 Special Issue