8/3/02 V, 2002
woodblock print on rice paper, edition 11 of 20
16 inches x 14 ¾ inches
Printed with Hope (Sufferance) Press, London
Guided by what she calls her “inner choreography,” Linda Karshan makes spare, monochromatic, abstract prints and drawings that serve as direct reflections of the process of their making. Though she began her career producing expressive compositions, in 1994 she developed a performance-based method for making work, in which every mark is associated with her rhythmic and regulated breathing, her counter-clockwise turning of the paper, the motion of her entire body, and the musical way in which she counts off increments of time. Based on her studies of psychology and Plato’s theory that the universe is ordered numerically, Karshan’s method results in iterative images of intersecting lines, forming grids, geometric shapes and patterns, and, sometimes, ordered yet loosely scribbled marks repeating across the page.
Karshan’s solo museum exhibitions include those at Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2013); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2003); Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK (2002); and Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2002). Her works were featured in group exhibitions at the Courtauld Gallery, London, UK (2014, 2012), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2013, 2010), British Museum, London, UK (2010), and Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (2008) among others. Karshan’s drawings, prints and artist’s books are held in public and private collections, including: The Courtauld Institute of Art; Tate Modern; The Arts Council Collection; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Fogg Museum; Walker Art Center; The Morgan Library; and a suite of thirteen prints have been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Linda Karshan is represented by JSVC Projects | London.
You can find more of Karshan’s woodcutting, film, embodied performances, and videos here.