|Karen Hubacher’s oil paintings and collagraph prints are characterized by their organized structures and their highly textured surfaces. Architectural and landscape motifs are evident, as well as a commitment to formal abstraction issues of problem solving. These works are her way of mapping the sensation of place with the language of shape, color, and texture.
Recently awarded the gift of time and solitude during two residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hubacher was able to delve deeply into the medium of encaustic and uncover a more sensitive and organic aesthetic, which evolved into her current exploration of the silence of space and time, as affected by place. In Japanese the concepts of space and time are expressed in a single word, ma, which has been described as the space, pause, or interval between two or more things existing in continuity. In poetry and music this is called caesura, which is a complete pause between words or notes - a silence which gives form to the whole. Therefore, ma is the in-between - a stillness vibrating with potential. Her background in music and her love of poetry and systems shape this new body of work.
Hubacher holds a B.S. from American University and has done post graduate work at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, George Mason University, and Hong-ek University. Her work has been exhibited in invitational and solo shows both in the Washington, DC area and throughout the United States.
Hubacher's work is included in the collections of the District of Columbia City Hall, District of Columbia Art Bank, International Monetary Fund, American Embassy in Poland, Booz Allen Hamilton, Embassy Suites Hotel, American Board of Surgeons, playwright Edward Albee, and many other corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe.
A resident of the DC metropolitan area since 1970, she maintains a studio on the Eastern Shore where she works in complete silence.