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Karin Elizabeth Weiss

Artist's Profile

I am a late-blooming, latently self-taught artist, just beginning to explore a whole world of creative ideas that have lain dormant in me for nearly 30 years.

I graduated with a Home Economics Related Arts major in 1963 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and worked as an interior designer for ten years. Then I abandoned the creative muse in favor of a "more practical" career as a sex therapist for the next 30 years.

However, even there, I was drawn to the ephemeral and mystical aspects of the human psyche, and I focused my main work and Ph.D. thesis on women's integration of sexuality with spirituality through an understanding of mythological archetypes. My intuitive sense of the cyclic nature of women's lives, and my knowledge of multiple images that we carry in our identity, grow from my lifelong study of astrology.

Ultimately I found my way to the mythical and magical tales of the Goddess. And then, to teaching about female archetypes in correlation with the phases of the moon-- from which grew a thick written manuscript and a large series of paintings to illustrate different "faces" of Woman. From the paintings, I created an "oracle Deck" of cards, as well as a collection of greeting cards, workbooks, and journals which I have promoted at women's conferences in the past few years.

This series of 40 watercolor paintings has now evolved into a published Picture Book/Meditation Guide: THE GODDESS WHEEL, A Meditation Guide on Woman's Sacred Cycles and Sexual Mysteries. I have copies for sale in my Ebay store.

As of February 2004, my self-designed, built, and managed WEBSITE: "Fantasy Art and Woman's Mysteries" is online and open for viewing. It is designed as a sort of "workshop online" and presents the ideas I have developed in my writing and artwork related to women's sexual and spiritual mythos. Please come and visit.

Most recently, since 2005, I have become totally "addicted" to making pictorial art-quilts and have created several dozen pieces both for myself and for friends. These can be viewed in my website as well as here on EBSQ, as I get them posted. The craft of creating pictures with fabric and thread, and also of dying or painting my own fabric, is one that truly gives me satisfaction. My watercolor paintings have been put on the back burner for the past several years in favor of fiber arts.

I make "pet memory quilts" on commission basis, created from photographs of people's pets which they provide me. Some are photos printed on fabric and appliqued to background of a quilted fabric scene. More elaborate memory quilts involve actual fabric "portrait" of the pet.

In 2009 I have added another dimension to my art-quilt work with "fabric paper dolls" on "fabric photo montages"..... sounds weird and the descriptions are my own, nothing yet named in the genre of course. But these bring me back full circle to the old goddess images in my paintings, in that they again focus on the figure of a woman... or women... with a "story" type background... These are pieces that "tell a story" of some kind.... in the imagination of me, the creator, or of you, the viewer. Enjoy! More to come!!

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