Ennobling the Ordinary: Women of the World

Krause has built up her surfaces to new levels of texture and density. While this aesthetic choice makes each artwork all the more material, the use of translucent wax also allows for the permeation of the solid substance with light. This literal illumination of matter has been a profound signifier of the spiritual throughout human history, understood and utilized by the makers of Byzantine mosaics and Gothic stained glass. By melding this near-alchemical formal tradition with her subtle collaged images, Dorothy Simpson Krause unifies not only this recent set of artworks, but also portrays a world of women bound together in light, in dignity, and in sanctity.

Nick Capasso, Associate Curator
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA