The 11 Women of Spirit, Part 1

Salon Zurcher

1 — Karstic-Action: Austin, TX
Domopoetics (2019)
42 X 88 — paper/charcoal/pastel

2 — Karstic-Action: Kingston, NY
Trialogues (2018)
36 X 88 — paper/charcoal/pastel
Action documentation:

3 — Karstic-Action: Kingston, NY
Jaune d’Oeuf (2020)
29.5 x 38.5 — Dieudonné paper/charcoal/pastel/tempera/clay
Action documentation:

4 — Karstic-Action: Kingston, NY
Cardinal (2020)
29.5 x 38.5 — Dieudonné paper/charcoal/pastel/tempera/clay
Action documentation:

Artist Statement:

KARSTIC-Action Paintings are an open-ended series of live performance works I started in 2011. These works explore proprioception (sense of body position) & kinesthesia (sense of body movement), as meeting points between painting, poetry, voice & improvised music. Guided by intuition, & bypassing a range of traditional inhibitions, I investigate the porosity of my conscious- and unconsciousness with, as tangible aim & outcome, a strong desire to reveal the imminent “soul” of that moment. Most often the markings are done with the feet, either in hand-stand or head-stand, and/or with mouth-sprayed charcoal or other natural pigments — hands are rarely used to mark, except for smaller formats. Each of these events is unique since they arise from & are stimulated by the specificities of site, audience, & my physical condition at the moment of the action.

“Learning remembering as the image opens worlds concrete, sensuous. There is no manipulating. I have been needing to retain, regain a beginning; the unwilled sight sense, palpable being — an emergence of my own world form free in space of its expressive determination, of its desire to give light.” — Carolee Schneemann