This body of work relates to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Kahn or, A Vision in a Dream, A Fragment”, composed in 1797 after an opium influenced dream. Coleridge’s vision is of a savage place, with holy and enchanted caverns, walls, towers and a sacred river where “The shadow of the dome of pleasure floated midway on the waves”. These haunting images of submerged architectural passageways, lit from within, reflect the branches of trees and illuminate floating leaves and flowers. A beautiful destruction.
There are several groups of images within this series, many titled with phrases from Coleridge’s poem –
monoprints onto a range of surfaces including fresco, brushed aluminum, non-woven fabric and silver leaf,
emulsion transfers onto stone paper and
lenticular prints. Each of the three groups can be seen by clicking on the images below.
In Fragments, details from the series are used to create four 24″ x 24″ lenticular prints. As the viewer moves past, each 6″ square alternates between two images, creating the illusion of a shifting, shimmering kaleidoscopic array – as if buildings and trees are being glimpsed through the rushing waters of a cataclysmic onslaught.
Of this work, to be shown as 571 Projects in March – April 2011, Sophie Bréchu-West says:
Krause’s work highlights the mystery of architectural space and light: doorways, windows, and hallways from which light either shines or recedes into blackness. Ethereal and menacing, her work conveys the poetry of space and light, alluding to spiritual transitions, and ultimately, life and death. As in Coleridge’s poem, beauty is underscored with violence, potential and real. These abandoned passages appear to be submerged below the reflective surface of water like the shifting memory of dreams, but also a statement about the impending disappearance of civilization as we know it, through the effects of global warming.
Sophie Bréchu-West, Director, 571 Projects
The series was shown in two solo exhibits 571 Projects in NYC, March 3 – April 16 and Landing Gallery in Rockland, ME, July 1 – 31. Work from the series has been included in exhibitions at the South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, September 16 – October 30, the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA, September 18, 2011- January 15, 2012 and Reynolds Ryan Gallery, New Orleans, LA October – December 2012